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De controversia Paschali

Author: Cummianus Hibernus

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Maura Walsh and Dáibhí Ó Cróinín

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  1. London, British Library, MS Cotton Vitellius A.xii, fol. 79r–83r. For further details, see Thomas Smith (ed.), Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Cottonianae: 1696 (Cambridge, repr. 1984); see also Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Cottonian Library deposited in the British Museum (London 1802) 379f.
    Editions and translations
  1. Veterum epistolarum Hibernicarum sylloge, ed. James Ussher (Dublin 1632) 24–35, Ep. xi.
  2. C. R. Elrington (ed.), The whole works of the most rev. James Ussher (Dublin 1846) vol. 4, 432–44.
  3. Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina (Paris 1860) vol. 87, 969–78.
    Secondary literature
  1. Whitley Stokes (ed.), On the calendar of Oéngus (Dublin 1880) pp. liv, clxix, clxiii.
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  3. J. G. O'Keeffe, Cummíne Fota and Mac dá Cherda, Ériu 5 (1911) 26–32.
  4. James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland, and introduction and guide (New York 1929; repr. Dublin 1979) 220–21.
  5. D. J. O'Connell, Easter cycles in the early Irish Church, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 66 (1936) 67–106.
  6. Mario Esposito, Notes on Latin learning and literature in medieval Ireland, Hermathena 45 (1930) 240–45.
  7. Paul Grosjean, Recherches sur les débuts de la controverse pascale chez les celtes, Analecta Bollandiana 64 (1947) 200–44.
  8. René Derolez, Runica manuscripta (Brugge 1954) 222–25.
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  10. August Strobel, Ursprung und Geschichte des frühchristlichen Osterkalenders (Berlin 1977).
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  12. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, A seventh-century Irish computus from the circle of Cummianus, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 82 C 11 (1982) 405–430.
  13. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Early Irish annals from Easter tables: a case re-stated, Peritia 2 (1983) 74–86.
  14. Marc Schneiders, The Irish calendar in the Karlsruhe Bede, Archiv für Liturgiewissenschaft 31 (1989) 33–78.
  15. Daniel McCarthy, The origins of the Latercus paschal cycle of the Insular Celtic Churches, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 28 (1994) 25–49.
  16. Conor O'Brien, 'Exegesis as Argument: The Use of Ephesians 2,14 in Cummian's De Controverisa Paschali', Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 67 (Summer 2014) 73–81.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Cummian's Letter: De controversia Paschali. Maura Walsh and Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (ed), First edition [clxxxiv + 385 pp.] Pontifical Institute of Medieval StudiesToronto (1988) . Studies and Texts. , No. 86


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Created: By Cummianus Hibernus Date range: 7th century.

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