Bethu Brigte‘The Life of (St) Brigit’

    • Old Irish
    • prose
    • Irish hagiography
    • Old Irish
    • Secondary language(s): Hiberno-Latin
    9th century (?)
    prose (primary)


    Irish hagiography

    Subject tags

    Brigit of KildareBrigit of Kildare (c. 439/452–c. 524/526) – patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.
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    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 entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

    [ed.] [tr.] Ó hAodha, Donncha [ed.], Bethu Brigte, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
    Edition, with translation, introduction and notes
    [ed.] Plummer, Charles [ed.], J. Fraser, and P. Grosjean, “Vita Brigitae”, in: Fraser, J., P. Grosjean, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Irish texts, fasciculus I, London, 1931. 2–18, i (corrigenda) + fasc. V: 100 (corrigenda).
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    [ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1890.
    CELT: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    319–331 An edition, with translation, of passages that have been selected for comparison with the Middle Irish Betha Brigte and the Vita prima direct link

    Secondary sources (select)

    Connolly, Seán, “Verbal usage in Vita Prima Brigitae and Bethu Brigte”, Peritia 1 (1982): 268–272.
    Dennis Groenewegen
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