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On the Life of St. Brigit

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Whitley Stokes

translated by Whitley Stokes

Electronic edition compiled by Ruth Murphy

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CELT Project

1. First draft, revised and corrected.

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    Editions, Translations and Secondary Literature
  1. Whitley Stokes, A Parallel. RC III (1878) 443f. [The story of Brigit and Breccán from Lebar Brecc (63b), with translation.]
  2. Whitley Stokes, Lives of Saints from the Book of Lismore. Ed. with a transl. and notes, 1890 (Brigit).
  3. Kuno Meyer, Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften. Sancta Brigita. Aus dem Buch von Lecan, fol. 166c. (ZCP XII (1918) 293f.
  4. C. Plummer, J. Fraser and P. Grosjean, Vita Brigitae. MS Rawl. B 512, f. 31 (Irish Texts I 2–18, 1931).
  5. M. A. O'Brien, The Old Irish Life of St. Brigit. Part I. Translation [from Rawl. B 512]. Part II Introduction and notes (Irish Hist. Studies I. 123–34, 343–53, 1938–39.
  6. Seán Connolly, 'Some Palaeographical and Linguistic Features in Early Lives of Brigit.' In: P. Ní Chatháin and M. Richter (eds.), Irland und Europa: Die Kirche im Frühmittelalter. Irland und Europe: The Early Church, 272–279. Stuttgart 1984.
  7. Kim McCone, 'An Introduction to Early Irish Saints' Lives.' Maynooth Review 11 (1984) 26–59.
  8. James Doan, 'A Structural Approach to Celtic Saints' Lives.' In: Patrick K. Ford (ed.) Celtic Folklore and Christianity: Studies in Memory of William W. Heist, 16–28. Santa Barbara/Los Angeles 1983.
  9. Seán Connolly, 'Vita Prima Sanctae Brigitae: Background and Historical Value.' Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 119 (1989) 5–49.
  10. Dorothy Ann Bray, 'Saint Brigit and the Fire from Heaven.' Actes du IXe Congrès international d'études celtiques, Paris, 7–12 juillet 1991. Deuxième partie: Linguistique, Littératures. Études Celtiques 29 (1992) 105–113.
  11. Dorothy Ann Bray, 'Secunda Brigida: Saint Ita of Killeedy and Brigidine Tradition.' In: Cyril J. Byrne, Margaret Harry, and 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, 27–38. Halifax 1992.
  12. Séamas Ó Catháin, 'Hearth-Prayers and other Traditions of Brigit: Celtic Goddess and Holy Woman.' Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 122 (1992), 12–34.
  13. Richard Sharpe. Medieval Irish Saints' Lives: An Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
  14. Review of Richard Sharpe [1] Alfred P. Smyth. English Historical Review 107, no. 424 (July 1992) 676–678.
  15. Review of Richard Sharpe [2] Giovanni Orlandi. Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 25 (Summer 1993) 99–102.
  16. Review of Richard Sharpe [3] Karl Horst Schmidt. Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 46 (1994) 306–308.
  17. Laurance J. Maney, 'When Brigit met Patrick.' Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 14 (1994) 175–194.
  18. Séamas Ó Catháin, The Festival of Brigit. Celtic Goddess and Holy Woman. Dublin/Blackrock 1995.
  19. Review of Séamas Ó Catháin [1] Mary-Ann Constantine. Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 32 (Winter 1996), 125–126.
  20. Review of Séamas Ó Catháin [2] Raymond Howell. Studia Celtica 31 (1997) 322.
  21. Review of Séamas Ó Catháin [3] Jacqueline Simpson. Béaloideas: The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society 66 (1998) 282–284.
  22. Simon Young, 'Donatus, Bishop of Fiesole 829–76, and the Cult of St Brigit in Italy.' Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 35 (Summer 1998), 13–26.
  23. David Howlett, 'Vita I Sactae Brigitae.' Peritia 12 (1998) 1–23.
  24. Daniel F. Melia, 'Abstract: Irish Saints' Lives as Historical Sources.' In: Glanmor Williams and Robert Owen Jones (eds.) The Celts and the Renaissance: Tradition and Innovation. Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Celtic Studies, held at Swansea, 19–24 July, 1987, 165. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1990.
  25. Clare Stancliffe, 'The Miracle Stories in seventh-century Irish Saints' Lives (and Discussion).' In: Jacques Fontaine and J.N. Hillgarth (eds.), Le septième siècle: changement et continuité. The seventh century: change and continuity, 87–115. London 1992.
  26. Catherine McKenna, 'Apotheosis and Evanescence: The Fortunes of Saint Brigit in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.' In: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), CSANA Yearbook 1: The Individual in Celtic Literatures, 74–108. Dublin 2001.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Three Middle-Irish Homilies on the Lives of Saints Patrick, Brigit and Columba. Whitley Stokes First edition [36 pp.] [One hundred copies privately printed.]Calcutta (1877)


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Created: Translation by Whitley Stokes. (1876)

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Language: [EN] The translation is in English.
Language: [LA] Some words and phrases are in Latin.

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