Bethu Phátraic; Vita Tripartita S. Patricii; The Tripartite Life of St. Patrick

    • Old Irish, Latin
    • prose
    • Irish hagiography


    Abridged version (homily)n. 1 James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical (1966): 345.
    • Old Irish Latin language
    • Old Irish and Latin.
    prose (primary)
    verse (secondary)


    Irish hagiography

    Subject tags

    Saint PatrickSaint Patrick / St Patrick (fl. 5th century) – No short description available
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    Part I, ll. 1-80: Introduction

    Part I, ll. 81-251: St Patrick’s early life

    Part I, ll. 252-311: Patrick before the mission

    Part I, ll. 312-427: Patrick arrives in Ireland

    Part I, ll. 428-661: Patrick and King Lóegaire

    Part II

    Part III



    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.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], The tripartite Life of Patrick: with other documents relating to that saint, 2 vols, Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores 89, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887.
    Internet Archive – part 1 (ends on p. 227): <link>, <link> Internet Archive – part 2: <link> CELT – Liber angeli from the Book of Armagh: <link>
    [ed.] [tr.] Mulchrone, Kathleen [ed. and tr.], Bethu Phátraic: The tripartite life of Patrick [I. Text and sources], Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1939.
    – – TITUS version: <link>
    [ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Betha Phatraic: On the Life of Saint Patrick”, in: Stokes, Whitley, Three Middle-Irish homilies on the Lives of saints Patrick, Brigit and Columba, Calcutta, 1877. 1–47, 138.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

    Secondary sources (select)

    Kenney, James F., “Chapter IV: The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: I. The primitive foundations”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 288–371.
    342–345 [id. 135.]
    Mac Neill, Eoin, “The Vita Tripartita of St. Patrick”, Ériu 11 (1932): 1–41.
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