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The fifteen tokens of Doomsday

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Whitley Stokes

translated by Whitley Stokes

Electronic edition compiled by Benjamin Hazard

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2. Second draft.

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    Manuscript Source
  1. London, British Library Additional MS 30512, fo 95a1–98a2. Description (from the website of the British Library): [quot ]Leabhar Ui Maolconaire: a collection of legends, lives of saints compiled by the family of O'Mulconroy. Written in various hands. A list of contents by Eugene O'Curry is prefixed. Inserted, on ff. 73b, 74, are notes concerning the family of Mac Geogaghan, circ. 1631. Vellum; ff. 123. 15th cent. From the libraries of W. Monck Mason and Sir W. Tite. Octavo.[quot ] For details see Robin Flower: Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the British Museum. Vol. II, London 1926 (repr. Dublin 1992), pp. 470–505.
  2. On p. 309 of his edition of the Fifteen Tokens of Doomsday, Whitley Stokes mentions [quot ]a tract dealing with this subject at fo. 26 of a ms in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, marked 1291, and transcribed by Hugh O'Daly in 1775. See Dr. Abbott's Catalogue, p. 307.[quot ]
    Secondary literature (For literature about the Apocrypha, click on
  1. St. John D. Seymour, 'The Eschatology of the Early Irish Church, Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 14 (1923) 179–211.
  2. St. John D. Seymour, 'Notes on Apocrypha in Ireland', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 26 (1926) Class C: 107–117.
  3. St. John D. Seymour, Irish Visions of the Other-World: A Contribution to the Study of Medieval Visions (London 1930).
  4. Louis Gougaud, Christianity in Celtic lands: a history of the churches of the Celts, their origin, their development, influence and mutual relations by Dom Louis Gougaud, translated from the author's MS. by Maud Joynt (London 1932; reprinted Dublin 1992).
  5. William W. Heist, 'Welsh prose versions of the Fifteen Signs before Doomsday', Speculum, 19:4 (1944) 421–32.
  6. William W. Heist, The Fifteen signs before Doomsday, East Lansing 1952.
  7. Brian O'Dwyer Grogan, The Eschatological Doctrines of the Early Irish Church, [unpublished doctoral dissertation] (Fordham University 1972).
  8. David N. Dumville, 'Biblical Apocrypha and the Early Irish', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 73 (1973) C: 299–338.
  9. Martin McNamara, The Apocrypha in the Irish Church (Dublin: DIAS 1975; corrected reprint 1984), esp. 128–139.
  10. Bernard McGinn, Apocalypticism in the middle ages: an historiographical sketch, Medieval Studies 13 (1975), Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, 252–286. Reprinted in: Bernard McGinn, Apocalypticism in the Western Tradition (Brookfield, Vermont 1994).
  11. The Irish Adam and Eve story from Saltair na Rann. 2 vols. Vol. I: Text and translation by David Greene and Fergus Kelly; Vol. II: Commentary by Brian O. Murdoch. (Dublin: DIAS 1976).
  12. Bernard McGinn, Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages (New York 1979).
  13. Máire Herbert, Martin McNamara (eds.), Irish Biblical Apocrypha. Selected texts in translation, Edinburgh 1989.
  14. Martin McNamara, 'Early medieval Irish eschatology'. In: Próinséas Ní Chatháin and Michael Richter (eds.) Irland und Europa im früheren Mittelalter: Bildung und Literatur (Stuttgart 1996) 42–75 (esp. 74–75).
  15. Thomas O'Loughlin, 'The Celtic homily: creeds and eschatology'. Milltown Studies 41 (1998) 99–115.
  16. Milton McCormick Gatch, Eschatology and Christian nurture: themes in Anglo-Saxon and medieval religious life (Aldershot 2000).
  17. Benjamin Hudson, 'Time is Short: The Eschatology of the Early Gaelic Church', in: Caroline Walker Bynum and Paul Freedman (eds.), Last Things: Death and the Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Philadelphia 2000) 101–23; esp. 102–105.
  18. Martin McNamara, Apocalyptic and eschatological heritage: the Middle East and Celtic realms, Dublin 2003.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Whitley Stokes, The fifteen tokens of Doomsday in Revue Celtique. Volume 2, Paris, F. Vieweg (1907) page 308–326: 311–323


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Created: Translation by Whitley Stokes. (c.1906)

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Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [LA] Some words are in Latin.
Language: [GR] One word is in Greek.

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