Texts

Ríagail Phátraic‘Rule of Patrick’

  • Old Irish
  • Early Irish law texts, Irish religious texts
Tract on the relationship between church and laity.
Author
Ascribed to: Saint PatrickSaint Patrick / St Patrick (fl. 5th century) – No short description available
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In the Book of Lismore, this text is (falsely) attributed to St Patrick.
Manuscripts
Language
  • Old Irish
Date
8th century (Sharpe).(1)n. 1 Richard Sharpe, ‘Some problems concerning the organization of the church in early medieval Ireland’, Peritia 3 (1984): 252. or 9th century (Kelly).(2)n. 2 Patricia Kelly, ‘The Rule of Patrick: textual affinities’ in Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages... (2002): 287.
Provenance
“The ascription to St Patrick is manifestly false, but taken with the Rule’s appeal to the ‘Testament of Patrick’ (timna Pátraic) and assertion of an authority extending to all Ireland, it points to Armagh as its place of composition” (Follett).(3)n. 3 Westley Follett, Céli Dé in Ireland (2006): 142–143.

Classification

Early Irish law texts Irish religious texts

Sources

Notes

Patricia Kelly, ‘The Rule of Patrick: textual affinities’ in Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages... (2002): 287.
Westley Follett, Céli Dé in Ireland (2006): 142–143.

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'Keeffe, J. G. [ed. and tr.], “The Rule of Patrick”, Ériu 1 (1904): 216–224.
Internet Archive: <link>
Edition and translation based on TCD 1337.
[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.
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135, 359 (notes) Book of Lismore version. The corresponding Leabhar Breac version of this fragment is edited and translated in the notes. direct link direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Kelly, Patricia, “The Rule of Patrick: textual affinities”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages: texts and transmissions / Irland und Europa im früheren Mittelalter: Texte und Überlieferung, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 284–295.
Sharpe, Richard, “Some problems concerning the organization of the church in early medieval Ireland”, Peritia 3 (1984): 230–270.
Follett, Westley, Céli Dé in Ireland: monastic writing and identity in the early Middle Ages, Studies in Celtic History 23, Woodbridge, 2006.
142–143
Contributors
C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen
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