Airec menman Uraird maic Coisse

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Airec menman Uraird maic Coisse

    Airec menman Uraird maic Coisse‘The stratagem of Urard mac Coise’

    Urard mac Coise
    • Middle Irish
    • prose
    • Cycles of the Kings, Medieval Irish literature about poets
    A Middle Irish saga which relates how the poet Urard/Aurard mac Cosse (fl. 10th/11th century) obtained compensation from Domnall mac Muirchertaig, king of Tara, following a raid on his home. It includes version B of the medieval Irish tale lists.
    Author
    Urard mac CoiseUrard mac Coise, Irard mac Coise, Erard mac Coise (d. 983 x 1023) – Irish poet
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    Ascribed to
    Urard mac CoiseUrard mac Coise, Irard mac Coise, Erard mac Coise (d. 983 x 1023) – Irish poet
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    Ascribed to Urard (Airard) mac Coise and commonly considered to have been written by him.
    Summary
    Certain men of the Cenél nÉogain make a raid, in the course of which they pillage and destroy the home of the poet Urard mac Coise at Clartha. Urard visits Domnall mac Muirchertaig, king of Tara from the Cenél nÉogain, to obtain compensation. Domnall, not knowing the purpose of the poet's visit, welcomes him at court and asks for tidings (scéla). Urard seizes the opportunity to play a trick on the king: he enumerates the many stories (scéla) that he knows, concluding with an unknown tale called Orgain cathrach Maíl Milscothaig (‘The destruction of Máel Milscothach's fort’). The king asks him to tell the tale. In the story then recounted by Urard, the poet Máel Milscothach (Urard's alter ego) receives compensation from the king of Tara for the destruction of his fort. When Urard reveals that the king of the story is none other than Domnall himself, Domnall comes to understand the message intended for him. He orders those responsible for Urard's losses to pay compensation. Further, when the poets and judges of Ireland are convened, he says that the honour-price (eneclann) of a poet should be repaired. Flann, fer léiginn of Clonmacnoise, to whom the matter is referred, decides that Urard should receive full compensation and that he as well as every ollam from that day onwards should have an honour-price equivalent to that of the king of Tara.
    Language
    • Middle Irish
    Form
    prose (primary)
    Textual relationships
    The text includes recension B of the Medieval Irish tale lists (see there).

    Classification

    Cycles of the Kings Medieval Irish literature about poets

    Subject tags

     Urard mac Coise  Domnall mac Muirchertaig
    Contents

    The division into 33 chapters below follows that of Mary E. Byrne, ‘Airec menman Uraird maic Coisse’ in Anecdota from Irish manuscripts... (1908).

    [1] 1

    » Places: Clartha

    [2] 2

    [3.1] 3.1. Introduction to the tale-lists

    [3.2] 3.2. Miscellaneous list » entry

    [4] 4. Tána, Echtrai and Comperta » entryentryentry

    [5] 5. Catha and Togla » entryentry

    [6] 6. Fessa, Baili, Tochmarca, Aitheda and Togla » entryentryentryentryentry

    [7] 7. Tomadma, Físa, Serca, Slúagid and Tochomlada » entryentryentryentryentry

    [8.1] 8.1. Oirgne » entry

    [8.2] 8.2

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    Includes verse: A óca batar ardaigh

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    Includes verse: A fhir thall dar fearba fis

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    • Sources

    Notes

    Primary sources
    Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in the entry for the relevant manuscript.

    [ed.] Byrne, Mary E., “Airec menman Uraird maic Coisse”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 2, Halle and Dublin, 1908. 42–76.
    Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Scéla – transcribed by Štĕpán Kosík: <link>
    Based on 23 N 10, with variants from Rawlinson B 512 and Harleian 5280.
    Translation wanted.
    No translation recorded at this stage.

    Secondary sources

    Mac Cana, Proinsias, The learned tales of medieval Ireland, Dublin: DIAS, 1980.
    Poppe, Erich, “Reconstructing medieval Irish literary theory: the lesson of Airec Menman Uraird maic Coise”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 37 (Summer, 1999): 33–54.
    Toner, Gregory, “Reconstructing the earliest Irish tale lists”, Éigse 32 (2000): 88–120.

    Queried results

    if available
    Koch, John T. [ed.], Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, 5 vols, Santa Barbara, Denver and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2006.
    32–33   Poppe, Erich, “Airec Menman Uraird maic Coise
    Toner, Gregory, “Reconstructing the earliest Irish tale lists”, Éigse 32 (2000): 88–120.
    Poppe, Erich, “Reconstructing medieval Irish literary theory: the lesson of Airec Menman Uraird maic Coise”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 37 (Summer, 1999): 33–54.
    Mac Cana, Proinsias, The learned tales of medieval Ireland, Dublin: DIAS, 1980.
    Byrne, Mary E., “Airec menman Uraird maic Coisse”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 2, Halle and Dublin, 1908. 42–76.
    Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Scéla – transcribed by Štĕpán Kosík: <link>

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