Vita sanctae Brigitae (Cogitosus)

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Vita sanctae Brigitae (Cogitosus)

    Vita sanctae Brigitae

    Cogitosus
    • Hiberno-Latin
    • prose
    • Irish hagiography
    early Latin Life of St Brigit, possibly the earliest of its kind to survive.
    Initial words (prose)
    • Cogitis me, fratres, ut sanctae et beatae memoriae Brigidae
    Author
    CogitosusCogitosus
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    Ascribed to
    CogitosusCogitosus
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    Manuscripts
    The text is transmitted in numerous manuscripts outside of Ireland, many of which are hagiographic collections. These include:
    n. 2 Mario Esposito, ‘On the earliest Latin life of St. Brigid of Kildare’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 30 C (1912–1913).
    • Admont, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 25 [c. 1200]
      ff. 116v–118 context: Magnum legendarium Austriacum
    • Angers, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 123
       
      Extracts.
    • Angers, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 807
      ff. 6b–15a
    • Auxerre, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 27
      ff. 1–5b
    • Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, MS lat. 123
      ff. 86a–91a
    • Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, MS lat. 791
      ff. 73a–85a
    • Brussels, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, MS II 1181
      ff. 81a–87b
       
      (=Phillips 12461). The prologue is wanting.
    • Brussels, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, MS II 2568
      ff. 48b–59a
    • Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 865 (865 (768)) [s. x/xi]
      ff. 115b–123
    • Cambridge, Trinity College, MS 316
      ff. 207b–211b
    • Douai, Bibliothèque communale, MS 840
      ff. 85b–89b
    • Heiligenkreuz, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 11 [s. xiiex]
      ff. 93a–96b context: Magnum legendarium Austriacum
    • Lilienfeld, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 58
      ff. 108b–112b context: Magnum legendarium Austriacum
    • London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero E i
      ff. 134vb–140rb
    • Melk, Stiftsbibliothek, MS F 8
      ff. 212b–217b
    • Metz, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 523
      ff. 194–205
    • Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, MS viii B 3
      ff. 379a–388b
    • Nivelles, Bibliothèque d'Alphonse Wins, MS 4
      ff. 25r*–26r*
       
      Fragment
    • Orléans, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 331
      pp. 266–278
    • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Fell 4
      ff. 108a–116b
       
      Previously Fell 3.
    • Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, MS 1711
      ff. 237b–247b
    • Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, MS 1736
      ff. 54a–55a
       
      Excerpts.
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 2999
      ff. 36r*–40v
       
      Breaks off due to damage done to the manuscript.
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 3788
      ff. 130b–132b
       
      Incomplete
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 3800 A
      ff. 31a–34a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 5269
      ff. 98b–105b
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 5278
      f. 54a
       
      Fragment
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 5292
      ff. 222a–223b
       
      Fragment
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 5318
      ff. 166a–169b
      • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 5352
        ff. 1a–5b
         
        Apparently a copy of BNF lat. 5318
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 10862
      ff. 1a–24a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 12612
      ff. 205b–215a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 16732
      ff. 1a–5a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 17004
      ff. 2a–6a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 18308
      ff. 18b–28a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 791
      ff. 121a–123a
       
      Fragments.
    • Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, MS 153
      ff. 233b–238a
    • Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 553
      ff. 205a–208b
    • Reims, Bibliothèque publique, MS 296
      ff. 101a–113a
       
      E 381
    • Reims, Bibliothèque publique, MS 1410
      ff. 70b–76b
       
      K 786
    • Reims, Bibliothèque publique, MS 1411
      ff. 44b–51b
       
      K 792
    • Rome, Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina, MS 91
      ff. 490a–501a
    • Rome, Biblioteca Corsiniana, MS 777
      ff. 40a–51a
    • Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, MS Tomus xxi
      ff. 203a–207b
    • Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, MS H 25
      ff. 43a–50b
    • Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, MS H 28
      ff. 177a–180a
    • Rouen, Bibliothèque Publique, MS 1384
      ff. 230b–240b
       
      U. 26
    • Rouen, Bibliothèque Publique, MS 1401
      ff. 145b–152b
       
      U. 19
    • Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 513
      ff. 29b–35a
       
      471a
    • Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Vat. lat. 5772
      ff. 74a–76b
    • Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Vat. lat. 6075
      ff. 67a–71a
    • Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Vat. lat. 9499
      ff. 204a–204b
    • Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Ottob. lat. 223
      ff. 280b–281a
    • Zwettl, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 13
      context: Magnum legendarium Austriacum
    • A manuscript from Saint-Hubert (presumed lost), used by John Colgan for his edition in Trias Thaumaturga
    Language
    • Hiberno-Latin
    Date
    c. 675 or earlier (?); “not much later than 650” (Connolly).
    n. 1 Seán Connolly • Jean-Michel Picard, ‘Cogitosus’ Life of St Brigit: content and value’, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 117 (1987): 5.
    Form
    prose (primary)

    Classification

    Irish hagiography

    Subject tags

     Brigit of Kildare
    • Sources

    Notes

    Seán Connolly • Jean-Michel Picard, ‘Cogitosus’ Life of St Brigit: content and value’, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 117 (1987): 5.
    Mario Esposito, ‘On the earliest Latin life of St. Brigid of Kildare’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 30 C (1912–1913).

    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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

    [ed.] [tr.] Hochegger, Karina, “Untersuchungen zu den ältesten Vitae sanctae Brigidae”, MPhil thesis: Universität Wien, Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, 2009.
    E-theses Universität Wien: <link>
    Edition, with translation into German, introduction and commentary
    [ed.] Bollandus, Ioannes, and Godefridus Henschenius, Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur, vel a catholicis scriptoribus celebrantur, 68 vols, vol. 3: Februarius I, Antwerp: Ioannes Meursius, 1658.
    135–141 ‘Vita II S. Brigidae’, reprinted in PL 72, cols 775-790
    [ed.] Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647.
    Digital.onb.ac.at: <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>
    518–526
    [ed.] Canisius, Hendricus, Antiquae lectionis, 6 vols, vol. 5: Bipartitus: in quo L. vetera monumenta, nunquam visa, Pauculis exceptis, Ingoldstadt, 1604.
    623–641 (part 2) First printed edition.
    [tr.] Connolly, Seán, and J.-M. Picard, “Cogitosus’ Life of St Brigit: content and value”, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 117 (1987): 5–27.
    11–27 Translation
    [tr.] de Paor, Liam [tr.], Saint Patrick's world: the Christian culture of Ireland's apostolic age, Blackrock: Four Courts Press, 1993.
    207–224 (translation), 307–308 (notes) Translation based on Canisius' text (PL), compared with Colgan's edition.

    Secondary sources

    Connolly, Seán, and J.-M. Picard, “Cogitosus’ Life of St Brigit: content and value”, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 117 (1987): 5–27.
    Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, 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. 372–485.
    359–360 [id. 147.]
    Bray, Dorothy Ann, “Ireland's other Apostle: Cogitosus' St Brigit”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 59 (Summer, 2010): 55–70.
    Esposito, Mario, “On the earliest Latin life of St. Brigid of Kildare”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 30 C (1912–1913): 307–326.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    McCone, Kim R., “Brigit in the seventh century: a saint with three lives?”, Peritia 1 (1982): 107–145.
    Sharpe, Richard, “Vitae S Brigidae: the oldest texts”, Peritia 1 (1982): 81–106.
    Argues that Cogitosus’s Life depends on the Vita prima, which itself depends on a lost Latin Life of the saint.

    Queried results

    if available
    Bray, Dorothy Ann, “Ireland's other Apostle: Cogitosus' St Brigit”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 59 (Summer, 2010): 55–70.
    Ritari, Katja, “The image of Brigit as a saint: reading the Latin lives”, Peritia 21 (2010): 191–207.
    Hochegger, Karina, “Untersuchungen zu den ältesten Vitae sanctae Brigidae”, MPhil thesis: Universität Wien, Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, 2009.
    E-theses Universität Wien: <link>
    Howlett, David, “Vita I sanctae Brigitae”, Peritia 12 (1998): 1–23.
    Connolly, Seán, “The power motif and the use of Scripture in Cogitosus’ Vita Brigitae”, in: Picard, Jean-Michel, Aquitaine and Ireland in the Middle Ages, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1995. 207–220.
    de Paor, Liam [tr.], Saint Patrick's world: the Christian culture of Ireland's apostolic age, Blackrock: Four Courts Press, 1993.
    Connolly, Seán, and J.-M. Picard, “Cogitosus’ Life of St Brigit: content and value”, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 117 (1987): 5–27.
    McCone, Kim R., “Brigit in the seventh century: a saint with three lives?”, Peritia 1 (1982): 107–145.
    Sharpe, Richard, “Vitae S Brigidae: the oldest texts”, Peritia 1 (1982): 81–106.
    Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, 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. 372–485.
    Esposito, Mario, “On the earliest Latin life of St. Brigid of Kildare”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 30 C (1912–1913): 307–326.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Bollandus, Ioannes, and Godefridus Henschenius, Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur, vel a catholicis scriptoribus celebrantur, 68 vols, vol. 3: Februarius I, Antwerp: Ioannes Meursius, 1658.
    Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647.
    Digital.onb.ac.at: <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>
    Canisius, Hendricus, Antiquae lectionis, 6 vols, vol. 5: Bipartitus: in quo L. vetera monumenta, nunquam visa, Pauculis exceptis, Ingoldstadt, 1604.

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