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Medieval Irish Saints' LivesAn Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae$
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Richard Sharpe

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198215820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198215820.001.0001

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The O'Donohue Group of Texts in SDO

The O'Donohue Group of Texts in SDO

(p.297) 10 The O'Donohue Group of Texts in SDO
Medieval Irish Saints' Lives

Richard Sharpe

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at a group of nine Irish saints' Lives preserved in all three collections, together with a possible tenth, the Life of St Columba of Terryglass, in S and O. This group is known as the O'Donohue group, whose definition rests on formal, textual, and linguistic arguments. The O'Donohue group consists of texts which are long and detailed in form in S and were available to both D and O, the compilers of which edited the texts according to their habits. The evidence of a number of textual errors detectable even in the different recensions establishes the existence of a common archetype. The forms of Irish names, whose antiquity Revd Charles Plummer noticed in passing, consistently adhere to Old Irish orthography while the Latin vocabulary includes words which had become obsolete or had changed their meaning by the time the later recensions in D and O were made.

Keywords:   Irish saints, Lives, O'Donohue group, texts, Charles Plummer, recensions

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