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Vita sancte Ite Virginis

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Charles Plummer

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    Manuscript sources for Irish text
  1. Dublin, March's Library, V. 3. 4 (M). A folio volume written in double columns. 15th century?
  2. Dublin, Trinity College Library, E 3 11 (T). A folio volume written in double columns. 15th century? M and T are sister manuscripts, i.e. both copied from the same original, but neither of them copied from the other. (Plummer, p. xi.)
  3. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 485 (R1)
  4. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 505 (R2); which is a copy of Rawlinson B 485.
    Editions, secondary and reference works
  1. John Colgan, Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae (Leuven (=Louvain) 1645).
  2. Carl Horstmann (ed), Nova Legenda Anglie, 2 vols. (Oxford) 1901.
  3. Charles Plummer (ed.), Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, 2 vols. (Oxford 1910; repr. Oxford 1968) [SS Abbanus, Aedus, Albeus, Barrus, Berachus, Boecius, Brendanus, Cannicus, Carthagus, Ciaranus de Cluain, Ciaranus de Saigir, Coemgenus, Colmanus de Land Elo, Comgallus, Cronanus, Declanus, Endeus, Fechinus, Finanus de Cenn Etigh, Fintanus, Geraldus, Ita, Lasrianus seu Molaissus, Maedoc, Mochoemog, Mochua de Tech Mochua, Moling, Molua seu Lugidus, Munnu, Ruadanus, Samthanna, Tigernacus].
  4. Charles Plummer, Bethada Náem nÉrenn. Lives of the Irish Saints (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1922, repr. 1968). 2 vols. Vol. 1: Introduction, texts, glossary; vol. 2: Translations, notes, indexes.
  5. Alice Curtayne, 'Five Irish Saints', Capuchin Annual 1945, 269–276.
  6. Dorothy Ann Bray, 'Secunda Brigida: Saint Ita of Killeedy and Brigidine tradition', in: Cyril J. Byrne; Margaret Harry; Pádraig Ó Siadhail (eds), Celtic languages and Celtic peoples: proceedings of the Second North American Congress of Celtic Studies, held in Halifax, August 16–19, 1989 (Halifax 1992).
  7. Dorothy Ann Bray, 'Sucking at the breast of Christ: a spiritual lesson in an Irish hagiographical motif', Peritia 14 (2000) 282–296.
  8. Elva Johnston, 'Ite: patron of her people?', Peritia 14 (2000) 421–428.
  9. Christina Harrington, Women in a Celtic church: Ireland 450–1150 (Oxford 2002).
  10. Nathalie Stalmans, Saints d'Irlande: Analyse critique des sources hagiographiques (VIIe-IXe siècles) (Rennes 2003).
  11. Pádraig Ó Riain, A dictionary of Irish Saints (Dublin 2011) 375–378.
    Select bibliography of Charles Plummer's writings
  1. P. Allen; F. M. Stenton; R. I. Best, Charles Plummer 1851–1927 [with bibliography], Proceedings of the British Academy 15. Separately printed [1931].
  2. Paul Grosjean, Charles Plummer, Revue Celtique 45 (1928), 431–435.
  3. Charles Plummer, The Conversion of Loegaire and his Death, Revue Celtique 6 (1884), 162–172.
  4. Charles Plummer, Notes on the Stowe Missal, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 27 (1885), 441–448.
  5. Charles Plummer, Some new light on the Brendan legend, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905), 124–141.
  6. Charles Plummer, Cáin Eimíne Báin, Ériu 4 (1908), 39–46.
  7. Charles Plummer, Betha Farannáin, Anecdota from Irish Manuscripts 3 (1909), 1–7.
  8. Charles Plummer, Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (Oxford 1910). 2 vols.
  9. Charles Plummer, The miracles of Senan, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1914), 1–35.
  10. Charles Plummer, Notes on some passages in the Brehon laws, Ériu 8 (1916 (17)), 127–132; 9 (1921), 31–42; (1923), 109–117; 10 (1926), 113–129.
  11. Charles Plummer, On the meaning of Ogam stones, Revue Celtique 40 (1923), 387–390.
  12. Charles Plummer, Notes on some passages in the Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus of Stokes and Strachan, Revue Celtique 42 (1925), 376–378.
  13. Charles Plummer, Irish Litanies (London 1925). Henry Bradshaw Society 62.
  14. Charles Plummer, Miscellanea Hagiographica Hibernica (Brussels 1925). Société des Bollandistes, Subsidia Hagiographica 15.
  15. Charles Plummer, On the colophons and marginalia of Irish scribes, Proceedings of the British Academy 12, 11–44. Separately printed, 34 pp. (London [1926]).
  16. Charles Plummer, On the fragmentary state of the text of the Brehon laws, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 17 (1927), 157–166.
  17. Charles Plummer; J. Fraser; P. Grosjean, Vita Brigitae (Irish Texts 1 (1931), 2–18).
    Internet source
  1. Plummer's Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (Oxford 1910) is available on
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae: partim hactenus ineditae ad fidem codicum manuscriptorum recognovit prolegomenis notis indicibus instruxit. Charles Plummer (ed), First edition [vol. 1: cxcii + 273 pp; vol. 2: 391 pp] Clarendon Press Oxford (1910)


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Created: Twelfth century, based on earlier materials. Date range: 1150–1175.

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Language: [LA] The text is in Latin.
Language: [EN] The introduction is in English.
Language: [GA] Some proper names are in Irish.

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