Short description: Tract on the dinnshenchas of Carraic Lethdeirg. The place has not been identified, apparently a “stronghold on some lake or seashore” (Gwynn). Roland M. Smith suggests that the name may refer to “Carrick on the shore of Lough Ennell” (Carrick on the Shannon).
Short description: Irish bardic poem ascr. to Mac Coisi, i.e. Urard mac Coise (d. 983 x 1023), but composed well after his life-time. It laments the death of one Fergal ua Ruairc, a king whose grave at Clonmacnoise the poet is said to be visiting, and refers to the circumstances of the battle of Clontarf (1014). The king in question has been identified with Fergal ua Ruairc, king of Connacht, who died in c. 966 and is nevertheless depicted in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib as having fought in the battle alongside Brian Bóruma.
Short description: A group of three short Old Irish texts enumerating kennings for Irish letter-names. Each of these is ascribed to a legendary or mythical figure: (A) Bríatharogam Morainn mic Moín, (B) Bríatharogam Maic ind Óc, and (C) Bríatharogam Con Culainn. The texts occur mainly in the Ogam tract: A and B are found in the body of that text, while all three are also appended to the copies of NLI G 53 and TCD 1337.
part of or cited in:Scéla mucce Meic Da Thó; Bruiden Da Choca; Fled Dúin na nGéd; Independent
Old Irish; Middle Irish
Short description: A brief prose account of the five or six hostels of Ireland (bruidne Érenn) and their owners occurs in a number of early Irish literary compositions and as an independent anecdote in the Book of Lismore.
Short description: Late Gaelic prose romance in the form of a so-called bruidhean tale about Fionn mac Cumhaill and his men, perhaps composed in the 15th or 16th century. In the story, Fionn and a number of companions are entrapped in a sinister enchanted hostel or bruidhean by Míodhach (Midac), son of Colgán (Colga), king of Lochlann. Míodhach was taken up and reared by the Fían after his father was killed in an unsuccesful attempt to seize Irish territory, but on coming of age, plotted revenge and so invited Fionn to a feast at ‘The hostel of rowan’ on the Shannon. Once inside, Fionn and his men find themselves magically glued to their seats, awaiting death by decapitation, while Míodhach is making foreign allies. They chant a dord fían (a low kind of humming), which reveals their whereabouts to the remaining members of the Fían, including Oisín, Caoilte, Innse, and Diarmuid. A series of fights ensues in which the latter resist foreign attackers and kill Míodhach. Diarmuid slays the kings of Inis Tuile (Thule) and uses their blood to release Fionn and the other captured men from the spell of enchantment (although Conán Maol does not come away without being partially skinned alive). Finally, a great battle is fought and won over the ‘King of the world’, who is defeated and beheaded.
Short description: Old Irish glosses on the New Testament (the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles in particular) in the Book of Armagh. Those on the Gospels include some glosses on Matthew (f. 38rb), Mark (f. 64va) and Luke (ff. 77ra; 78rb; 81ra) and there is a bilingual (Latin and Irish) note on an Argumentum ascribed to Pelagius (f. 107v). The majority of the glosses are to be found later on, in the pages containing Revelations (ff. 170va, 171rb) and the Acts (175vb, 176rb, etc., up until f. 189vb).
Short description: Second Irish Life of St Ciarán of Saigir (Seirkieran, Co. Offaly). According to Plummer (1925), it is based on a Latin Life now lost, which also served as an exemplar for a shorter text, Capgrave’s Life of Pieran.
Initial words (prose):Tri hollamain Chondacht .i. mac Liacc 7 mac Coisi 7 Fland mac Lonain .i. mac De 7 mac duine 7 mac deamain
Short description: Short Irish prose tale about three poets of Connacht, Mac Liac, Mac Coise and Flann mac Lonáin. The text occurs in the Yellow Book of Lecan by way of a preface to the verse Dinnshenchas of Slíab nEchtga II attr. to Flann and follows another prose introduction about and poem attributed to Flann (Bó bithblicht meic Lonán).
verse beg.Dum proceres mundi regem venerare videntur
Thought to have been authored by...
Ascribed to: Hibernicus Exul
Short description: Latin poem addressed to Charlemagne and reflecting on his conflict with Tassilo III, duke of Bavary, whom he deposed in 788. The poem is preserved, in fragmentary form (103 hexametrical lines), in a single manuscript (Vatican, BAV, MS Reg. lat. 2078) and was written by an anonymous Irishman known from the heading as Hibernicus Exul.
Short description: Early Irish tract containing lists of female Irish saints (nóebúag ‘holy virgins’) of the same name. In the manuscripts, the text immediately follows that of a similar tract known as Comainmnigud nóem nÉrenn.
Short description: Early Irish tract containing lists of Irish saints of the same name. Most copies of the text are followed by a similar tract focusing on female Irish ‘holy virgins’ (Comanmand nóebúag hÉrenn).
verse beg.Réidig dam, a Dé, do nim / co h-éimid, ní h-indeithbir
Ascribed to: Úa hUathgaile (Dublittir)
Short description: Middle Irish poem attributed to Dublittir Úa hUathgaile (fl. late 11th century), fer léigin at Glen Uissen, now Killeshin. It is attested both as the concluding poem in the Sex aetates mundi and in independent manuscript contexts.
Short description: Elaborate diagram of the ‘harmony of the months and elements’, which once occupied a single page in a largely computistical manuscript compiled by Byrhtferth of Ramsey (c. 970–c. 1020). The original of this compilation is lost, but two independent ‘copies’ made in the early 12th century remain. The diagram aligns different aspects of time (solstice, equinox, months, seasons, ages of man), the zodiac and the four elements, and in this way, introduces a number of key concepts relevant to computus. In the Oxford manuscript, the diagram comes right at the end of a section (ff. 3r-7v) which contains a miscellaneous variety of short texts and visual designs related to computus, and directly precedes another section (ff. 8r-15v) containing tables and texts on computus.
Short description: Encyclopaedic work written by the English jurist and cleric Gervase of Tilbury. It was dedicated to Emperor Otto IV and intended for his instruction and entertainment, although it is unclear if he ever heard or read the work. The work is divided into three books or decisiones: book I covers the early history of the world, from Creation onwards; book II offers a historical geography of the world (mappa mundi) and its provinces, with excursions on the Holy Land and the six ages of the world. While anecdotal material, including legends about marvels (mirabilia), is found throughout the first two books, book III is entirely devoted to marvellous phenomena.
Short description: Earliest vita of Richarius (Riquier), an early 7th-century Frankish nobleman and founder of the monastery of Centula (Saint-Riquier, Picardy). The text has been dated to the late 7th century.
Short description: Short narrative text concerning the miracles of St Cairnech, patron saint of Tuilén (Dulane, Co. Meath, near Kells). It is attested as an interpolation in the Book of Ballymote version of Lebor Bretnach.
Short description: A collection of around 50 religious items in Latin, notably homilies, Sunday Gospel readings, exegetical tracts and commentaries. The text is attested in a single manuscript (Vatican, MS Vat. Reg. lat. 49) thought to have been produced in Brittany in the late 10th century.
Short description: An early Irish historical compilation, now lost, which is referred to thirteen times in the Annals of Ulster in various entries between the years 467 and 629 (i.e. 467, 468, 471, 475, 482, 490, 545, 553, 599, 601, 603, 611, 629). Mc Carthy suggests that this work was completed in c. 1022 and written by Cuán úa Lothcháin (d. 1024).
Short description: A tale no longer extant but referred to as Aided Mic Shamain in the Book of Leinster version of the early Irish tale list A. The title suggests that it once related the (violent) death of a certain Mac Samáin, possibly the legendary champion of that name mentioned in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib § 107.
Short description: Textbook compilations of Irish bardic schools on the proper uses of grammar. The tracts constitute a rich and valuable source for Irish bardic poetry, specimens of which are amply cited, and offers evidence for many different aspects of Classical Modern Irish.
Short description: Collective title for short theological treatises by Boethius: 1. De trinitate; 2. Utrum pater et filius et spiritus sanctus de divinitate substantialiter praedicentur; 3. Quomodo substantiae or De hebdomadibus; 4. De fide catholica; 5. Contra Eutychen et Nestorium.
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