Texts

    Cáin Adomnáin‘The Law of Adomnán’

    • Old Irish
    • Early Irish law texts, Irish religious texts
    Initial words (prose)
    • Cóic amsira rīa ngein Crīst
    Ascribed to
    Adomnán
    Manuscripts
    Language
    • Old Irish
    • Old Irish

    Classification

    Early Irish law texts Irish religious texts

    Sources

    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 Néill, Pádraig P., and David N. Dumville (eds. and trs.), Cáin Adomnáin and Canones Adomnani, Basic Texts in Gaelic History 2, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2003.
    [ed.] [tr.] Márkus, Gilbert, Adomnán's ‘Law of the Innocents’ — Cáin Adomnáin: a seventh-century law for the protection of non-combatants, 2nd ed., Kilmartin, Argyll: Kilmartion House Trust, 2008.
    [ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Cáin Adamnáin: an Old-Irish treatise on the law of Adamnan, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series 12, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905.
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    [corr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Notes on the Oxford edition of Cáin Adamnáin”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 3 (1907): 108.
    Corrigenda
    [tr.] Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín [tr.], “The Law of Adomnán: a translation”, in: O'Loughlin, Thomas [ed.], Adomnán at Birr, AD 697. Essays in commemoration of the Law of the Innocents, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 53–68.

    Secondary sources (select)

    Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín, “Birr and the Law of the Innocents”, in: O'Loughlin, Thomas [ed.], Adomnán at Birr, AD 697. Essays in commemoration of the Law of the Innocents, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 13–32.
    Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín, “The guarantor list of Cáin Adomnáin, 697”, Peritia 1 (1982): 178–215.
    Breatnach, Liam, A companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici, Early Irish Law Series 5, Dublin: DIAS, 2005.
    202–204 [id. 5.19. ‘Cáin Adomnáin’]
    Kenney, James F., “Chapter III: The Irish church in the ‘Celtic’ period”, 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. 156–287.
    245–246 [id. 81.]
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