Córus bésgnai, a component tract of the Old Irish law text Senchas Már, is an important source text for the Church in early mediaeval Ireland. This book consists of annotated editions and translations of the Old Irish text as well as the later mediaeval glosses and commentaries. It should be of use to those interested not only in early mediaeval Ireland, but also in the early mediaeval Western Church.
comments: A companion to Binchy (D. A.) 1978a. Review article: McLeod, N., “A true companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici”, Peritia 19 (2005).
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This paper offers an annotated edition and translation of a short Middle Irish tale about poets. It includes discussion of language and date, Bérla na Filed, the metre aí fhreisligi and the use of satire as a means of gaining redress.
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This paper examines some aspects of the Old Irish legal tract Cáin Fhuithirbe, especially the role of the church in its compilation. This text is of particular importance in that it can be dated on historical grounds to within a few years of AD 680. The paper discusses the state of preservation of the text, analyses various passages which can shed light on the date and style of composition of, and ecclesiastical involvement in, this fragmentarily preserved text, and concludes with a discussion of the final part of the text which is of relevance to Patrician studies.
Breatnach, Liam, “The glossing of the early Irish law tracts”, in: Hayden, Deborah, and Paul Russell (eds), Grammatica, gramadach and gramadeg: vernacular grammar and grammarians in medieval Ireland and Wales, Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 125, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016. 113–132.
Breatnach, Liam, “Law and literature in Early Mediaeval Ireland”, in: Centro Italiano di studi sull’Alto Medioevo (ed.), L'irlanda e gli irlandesi nell'alto medioevo (Spoleto, 16-21 aprile 2009), Settimane di Studio del Centro Italiano di Studi Sull'Alto Medioevo 57, Spoleto: Presso La sede del Centro, 2010. 215–238.
Breatnach, Liam, “On satire and the poet's circuit”, in: Ó Háinle, Cathal G., and Donald Meek (eds.), Unity in diversity. Studies in Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, literature and history, Trinity Irish studies / Léann na Tríonóide 1, Dublin: School of Irish, Trinity College Dublin, 2004. 25–35.
Breatnach, Liam, “On the glossing of the early Irish law-texts, fragmentary texts, and some aspects of the laws relating to dogs”, in: Ahlqvist, Anders (et al., eds.), Celtica Helsingiensia. Proceedings from a Symposium on Celtic Studies, Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum 107, Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica, 1996. 11–20.