Graff, Eric


Graff, Eric, “A note on the divisions of time in the Catalogue of the saints of Ireland”, in: Moran, Pádraic, and Immo Warntjes (eds), Early medieval Ireland and Europe: chronology, contacts, scholarship. A Festschrift for Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Studia Traditionis Theologiae 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 99–117.

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“A note on the divisions of time in the Catalogue of the saints of Ireland”
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The Catalogue of the Saints of Ireland has been a point of reference for scholars since its first printing by Ussher in 1639. It has been the locus classicus for many issues related to the identity of the early Irish church, including the paschal computus, the role of women in the church, the form of tonsure, the mass, and the traditions attending many of the major saints of the early period. Following Grosjean’s edition and study in 1955, however, the reputation of the work suffered as it was re-dated to the 9th or 10th century. Scholars almost uniformly dismissed the work afterward as a narrative about the early period told in the service of later political and ecclesial concerns. This article demonstrates that Grosjean’s study overlooked a key aspect of the text-its chronological structure- and that this structure depends on a detailed knowledge of the ‘Irish’ paschal computus. It therefore questions the grounds upon which Grosjean and others have disparaged the text, and asserts that at least the core of the work was written within the living memory of those who kept the ‘Irish’ Easter.
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