Ferchuitred Medba‘Medb's husband allowance’

  • Late Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle
Ferchuitred Medba
‘Medb's husband allowance’
Also entitled Cath Bóinde (The battle of the Boyne)
  • Late Middle Irish
  • late Middle Irish (O'Neill)
prose (primary)


Ulster Cycle


Medb ChrúachnaMedb Crúachna / Medb of Crúachan / Medb of Connacht (ass. time-frame: Subject:Ulster Cycle) – Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.
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Eochaid FeidlechEochaid FeidlechNo short description available
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The three FindemnaThe three Findemna
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Conchobar mac NessaConchobar mac Nessa (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of the Ulaid in tales of the Ulster Cycle; son either of Cathbad or Fachtna Fáthach (father) and Ness (mother); husband of Mugain; father of Cormac Cond Longas, Cúscraid Mend Macha, Furbaide Fer Bend and Fedelm Noíchrothach; fosterfather of Cú Chulainn.
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Tinde mac ConnrachTinde mac Connrach
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Eochaid DálaEochaid DálaNo short description available
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Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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The seven Mainesseven Maines, The (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle, Conchobar mac Nessa, Conaire Mór) – In the Ulster Cycle, the seven Maines (na secht Maine) are a collective designation for the seven, or eight, sons of Medb and Ailill, all of whom are named Maine: Maine Máithremail and Maine Aithremail, Maine Míngor and Maine Mórgor, Maine Andóe, Maine Milscothach and/or Maine Mó Epert, and Maine Conda(s)gaib/Cotagaib Uile.
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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.] O'Neill, Joseph [ed. and tr.], “Cath Boinde”, Ériu 2 (1905): 173–185.
TLH – edition: <link> TLH – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Based on the Book of Lecan version, with variants from Rawlinson B 512 in the footnotes
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Ferchuitred Medba”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 5, Halle and Dublin, 1913. 17–22.
CELT – edition: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-5: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 3-5: <link>
Edition from Rawlinson B 512

Secondary sources (select)

Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
Internet Archive: <link>
531–534 [‘Ferchuitred Medba oder Cath Boinne’]
Dumézil, Georges, The destiny of a king, tr. Alf Hiltebeitel, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1973.
Dennis Groenewegen
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