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Betha Phatraic

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Whitley Stokes

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 1230, olim 23 P 16 al. Lebar Brecc, p. 24b–29b.
  2. London, British Library, Egerton 93; written in 1477 by Domhnall Albanach Ó Troighthigh; origin Baile an Mhóinín, Co Clare.
  3. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 512; 15th to 16th century.
  1. Leabhar Breac, the Speckled Book, otherwise styled Leabhar Mór Dúna Doighre, the Great Book of Dun Doighre. lithographic facsimile. Dublin 1876.
    Editions and Translations
  1. W. M. Hennessy, The Tripartite life of Saint Patrick, apostle of Ireland. Translated from the original Irish, by W.M. Hennessy. In: M. F. Cusack: Life of Saint Patrick, London, 1870, 371–502, 4to.
  2. Whitley Stokes (ed.), Three Middle-Irish Homilies, Calcutta 1877. [For the English translation the editor made use of a mansucript version by John O'Donovan, which Stokes corrected in a few instances mentioned in his edition.]
  3. Whitley Stokes, The Tripartite Life of Patrick, with other documents relating to that Saint. Edited with translations and indexes. D.C.L., L.L.D., Rolls Ser. 8vo, London. Part I. cxcix + 267 [8] pp. facs. Part II. 269–676, 1887.
  4. Whitley Stokes, Lives of Saints from the Book of Lismore. Edited with translation and notes. Oxford, 1890.
  5. R. I. Best, Betha Pátraic. From MS. 10 King's Inn Library, Dublin. (Anecdota from Irish MSS. III., 29–42, Halle, 1909).
  6. Charles Plummer, Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae partim hactenus ineditae ad fidem codicum manuscriptorum recognovit prolegomis notis indicibus instruxit Carolus Plummer. Tom. I.–II., Oxonii, 1910. [Introduction deals with the relation of the Latin and Irish lives, content, folklore, mythology, etc.]
  7. Sir John T. Gilbert, Facsimiles of National manuscripts of Ireland. Pt. I [Pl. xvi–xxvii Book of Armagh, fol. 18. Text and translation] Dublin, 1874.
  8. Kathleen Mulchrone, Bethu Phátraic. The Tripartite Life of Patrick. Ed. with translation and indexes. I. Text and Sources. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1939. [Text based on Egerton 93 and Rawl. B. 512.]
  9. J. Gwynn, Liber Ardmachanus. The Book of Armagh. Ed. with introduction and glosses. Dublin, 1913. [Irish notes, glosses, names on persons and places, etc. with indices, revised by E. J. Gwynn.]
    Secondary literature
  1. Whitley Stokes, St Patrick's Doctrines. Academy XXXIV. 26, 1888, 54–55,104.
  2. E. MacNeill, The native place of St. Patrick. Royal Irish Academy Proceedings XXXVII Sect.C No.6, 1926, 118–40
  3. E. MacNeill, The earliest lives of St. Patrick. Royal Society of Antiq. Journ. LVIII, 1928, 1–21.
  4. J. F. Kenny, St Patrick and the Patrick Legend. Thought VIII. 1–34, 1933, 213–229.
  5. Ludwig Bieler (comp). Codices Patriciani Latini. A descriptive catalogue of Latin manuscripts relating to St. Patrick. Dublin: D.I.A.S., 1942.
  6. Ludwig Bieler, The Life and Legend of St. Patrick. The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 5th series 70, 1948, 1087–1091.
  7. Ludwig Bieler, The mission of Palladius. A comparative study of sources. Traditio 6, 1948 1–32.
  8. Ludwig Bieler, The life and legend of St. Patrick. Problems of modern scholarship. Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds, 1949.
  9. Paul S. Grosjean, Patrice d'Irlande et quelques homonymes dans les anciens matyrologes. Journal of Ecclesiastical History 1, 1950 125–129.
  10. John Ryan (Ed. and introduction), Saint Patrick. Dublin: (for Radio Eireann) Stationery Offce, 1958. (Thomas David lectures 1957) 6 lectures by various scholars.
  11. John Ryan, St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. Studies 50, 1961, 113–151.
  12. Robert E. McNally, St Patrick 461–1961. The Catholic Historical Review 47, 1961/62. 1962, 305–324.
  13. B. A. Binchy, Patrick and his biographers: ancient and modern. Studia Hibernica 2, 1962, 7–173.
  14. Robert McNally (Ed. and introduction) Old Ireland, Dublin: Gill, 1965.
  15. K. W. Hughes, The Church in Early Irish Society, London 1966.
  16. R.P.C. Hanson, Saint Patrick. His origins and career. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968.
  17. Ludwig Bieler, St Patrick and the coming of Christianity. Dublin, Melboure: Gill, 1967. (A history of Irish catholicism vol.1, no. 1).
  18. Thomas F. O'Rahilly, The two Patricks. A lecture on the history of Christianity in fifth-century Ireland. Dublin: D.I.A.S., 1942, repr. 1971.
  19. James Carney, Studies in Irish Literature and History. Dublin: D.I.A.S. 1995.
  20. Cormac Bourke. Patrick: the archaeology of a saint. Belfast: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1993.
  21. R.P.C. Hanson, The Life and Writings of the Historical St. Patrick. New York: Seabury Press, 1983.
  22. Review of R.P.C. Hanson. [5] Tarlach Ó Raifeartaigh, Irish Theological Quarterly 50 (1984), 276–280.
  23. E. A. Thompson, Who was Saint Patrick? Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1985.
  24. Review of E. A. Thompson. [3] Alan Dierkens, Latomus 48 (1989), 46.
  25. Review of R.P.C. Hanson. [1] Keith J. Egan, Church History 53 (1984), 548–549.
  26. Review of R.P.C. Hanson. [2] Joseph F. Kelly, Speculum 59 (1984), 652–653.
  27. Review of R.P.C. Hanson. [3] Robert T. Meyer, Theological Studies 45 (1984), 208.
  28. Review of R.P.C. Hanson. [4] D. Ó Cróinín, Irish Historical Studies 24 (1984–85), 398–399.
  29. Review of E. A. Thompson. [1] Michael E. Jones, Albion 19 (1987), 209–210.
  30. Review of E. A. Thompson. [2] E. A. Overgaauw, Le Moyen-Age 94/3–4 (1988), 481–482.
  31. Alannah Hopkin. The Living Legend of St Patrick. London: Grafton Books, 1989.
  32. Review of Alannah Hopkin. Richard Sharpe. Folklore 102/1 (1991), 120–121.
  33. Liam De Paor, (Ed. and trans.) Saint Patrick's World. The Christian Culture of Ireland's Apostolic Age. Blackrock (Co. Dublin): Four Courts Press, 1993.
  34. David N. Dumville with Lesley Abrams, T. M. Charles-Edwards, Alicia Corrêa, K. R. Dark, K. L. Maund, and A. P. McD. Orchard, Saint Patrick A.D. 493–1993. Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 1993.
  35. Laurance J. Maney, "When Brigit Met Patrick." Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 14 (1994), 175–194.
  36. Review of Liam De Paor. [1] Claire Stancliffe, Early Medieval Europe 4 (1995) 220–221.
  37. Frédéric Kurzawa, Petite vie de saint Patrick. Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1995. Rev. Gwenaël Le Duc. Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l'Ouest (Anjou, Maine, Touraine) 102/4 (1995), 129.
  38. Review of Liam De Paor. [2] Colmán Etchingham, Éigse 29 (1996), 214–220.
  39. Review of Dumville et al. [1] Ann Hamlin. Medieval Archaeology 39 (1995), 296–297.
  40. Review of Dumville et al. [2] N. J. Higham. Britannia 26 (1995), 399–400.
  41. Review of Dumville et al. [3] Dáibhí Ó Cróinín. Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 29 (1995), 72.
  42. Review of Dumville et al. [4] Jane Stevenson. Early Medieval Europe 4 (1995), 114–115.
  43. Pádraig Ó Riain, A dictionary of Irish Saints (Dublin 2011), 526–531 (with bibliography).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Three Middle-Irish Homilies. Whitley Stokes (ed), First edition [47 pp.] (100 copies privately printed)Calcutta (1877)


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Created: By unknown Irish monastic scribes. Date range: Middle Irish period.

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Language: [GA] The text is in Middle Irish.
Language: [LA] Some passages, words and phrases are in Latin.

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