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Betha Fursa

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Whitley Stokes

Electronic edition compiled by Elva Johnston, Beatrix Färber

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4. Fourth draft, with introduction and bibliographic details.

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, MS 2324–40, AD 1629; scribe: Michael O'Clery (Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica (Brussels 1925) 190 [sect ]39). A copy of RIA MS 968.
  2. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 968 (olim A. iv. 1 olim Stowe 9 see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 22, 2780–83), c. 1627; scribe: Domnall Ó Duinnín (Charles Plummer, Bethada naem nÉrenn (2 vols, Oxford 1922), i p. xii).
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  3. Jacques Desmay, La vie de S. Fursy, patron de Peronne: recueillie de plusieurs anciens auteurs (Peronne 1715).
  4. Edward Burnett Tylor, Primitive Culture. Third edition, revised (London: John Murray 1891).
  5. Alessandro d'Ancona, I precursori di Dante (Florence 1874).
  6. George Herbert Moberly, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (Oxford 1881).
  7. Charles de Smedt & Joseph de Backer, Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae ex codice Salmanticensi (Edinburgh 1888).
  8. Whitley Stokes (ed), Lives of the Saints from the Book of Lismore (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1890).
  9. Charles Plummer, Baedae Opera Historica (Oxford 1896).
  10. Margaret Stokes, Three months in the forests of France: a pilgrimage in search of vestiges of the Irish saints in France (London: G. Bell 1895).
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  15. James F. Kenny, The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: ecclesiastical. An introduction and guide (Shannon I.U.P.: 1968. Repr. of 1929 ed., corrections and additions, and preface, by Ludwig Bieler).
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  18. Mervyn Wall, The return of Fursey. (London: Pilot Press 1948). [Fiction]
  19. John Hennig, 'The Irish background of St. Fursey', Irish Ecclesiastical Review, 5th ser., 77 (1952) 18–28; repr. in Gisela Holfter & Hermann Rasche (eds.), Exil in Irland: John Hennigs Schriften zu deutsch-irischen Beziehungen (Trier 2002) 265–272.
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  21. Peter Dinzelbacher, 'Die Visionen des Mittelalters: ein geschichtlicher Umriss', Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 30 (1978) 116–128.
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  23. Pádraig Ó Riain, Corpus Genealogiarum Sanctorum Hiberniae. (Dublin 1985).
  24. Pádraig Ó Riain, 'Les Vies de Saint Fursy: les sources Irlandaises', Revue du Nord 68 (1986) 405–413.
  25. Peter Dinzelbacher, 'La littérature des révélations au moyen âge: un document historique', Rev Hist 275 (1986) 289–305.
  26. M. P. Ciccarese (ed), Visioni dell'Aldilà in Occidente: fonti, modelli, testi, Biblioteca Patristica (Florence, 1987) [ed. and trans. of Visio S. Fursei, 184–229].
  27. Eileen Gardiner, Visions of Heaven and Hell before Dante, New York 1989, 149–195.
  28. Claude Carozzi, Le voyage de l'âme dans l'Au-delà d'après la littérature latine (Ve–XIIIe siècle), Bibliothèque française de l'École française de Rome, 189 (Rome 1994) [pp. 677–692: ed. and trans. of Visio s. Fursei, s. vii (2) (AD 656/7), from (a) London, BL, Harley 504, ff. 79–98v; s. viii; origin Péronne, Nivelles or Fosses; (b) Zürich, B cantonale, 8, pp. 352–78; s. ix (in part); origin Rheinau; (c) Rome, B Casanatense, 641 olim B IV 18, ff. 97–194; s. ix; Beneventan script; origin Monte Cassino].
  29. Pádraig Ó Riain, 'Sanctity and politics in Connacht c.1100: the case of St Fursa', CMCS 17 (1989) 1–14.
  30. Marguerite Quintelli-Neary, Folklore and the fantastic in twelve modern Irish novels [Reception] (Westport, Conn.; London: Greenwood Press, 1997).
  31. Trefor Jones, The English Saints: East Anglia (Norwich: Canterbury, 1999).
  32. Thomas Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland (Cambridge 2000).
  33. Marilyn Dunn, Gregory the Great, the Vision of Fursey, and the origins of purgatory', Peritia 14 (2000) 238–254.
  34. Michelle P. Brown, The life of St. Fursey: what we know; why it matters (Norwich 2001).
  35. Marilyn Dunn, The vision of St. Fursey and the development of purgatory (Norwich 2007).
  36. Oliver Rackham, Transitus Beati Fursei: a translation of the 8th century manuscript, Life of Saint Fursey (Norwich 2007).
  37. Pádraig Ó Riain, A dictionary of Irish Saints (Dublin 2011).
    Digital images of Stokes's edition and translation
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    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Whitley Stokes, The Life of Fursa in Revue Celtique. volume 25 (1904) page 385–404


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Created: By unknown Irish cleric(s), and based closely on the Vernerable Bede, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, III 19. Date range: 1200–1400.

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Language: [GA] The text is in Irish.
Language: [LA] A few words are in Latin.
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