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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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Conclusions and Continuations

Conclusions and Continuations

(p.384) 14 Conclusions and Continuations
Medieval Irish Saints' Lives

Richard Sharpe

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The O'Donohue group of Irish saints' Lives must be added to the list of Latin texts from what is termed Phase I, the period roughly between 6650 and 850. These texts each have their own individual features, but in form they more nearly resemble Vita I S. Brigitae than any other definitely early vita. What we know of the methods of the compiler shows that, at the date when he worked, there must have been more than twice as many Lives available to him from before c. 1230 as now survive in their original form. The compilation of the Dublin collection, whether or not it was inspired by Albinus O'Mulloy, was the crowning achievement of hagiography in Ireland. The redactor has brought together some twenty-five Lives (besides a few outliers), effectively knitting them into a single statement that Ireland was justly to be regarded as insula sanctorum.

Keywords:   O'Donohue group, Irish saints, Lives, Latin texts, compiler, Dublin collection, hagiography, Ireland, insula sanctorum

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