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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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Manuscripts of the Dublin Collection

Manuscripts of the Dublin Collection

(p.93) 4 Manuscripts of the Dublin Collection
Medieval Irish Saints' Lives

Richard Sharpe

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The best-known Irish collection of vitae, commonly referred to as the Codex Kilkenniensis, survives in two parchment manuscripts, both now in Dublin libraries. The contents of these manuscripts are called the Dublin collection. This manuscript was probably that now in Marsh's Library. Revd William Reeves denied this connexion, identifying the Marsh's Library manuscript with the volume Patrick Fleming referred to as the Codex Ardmachanus. The latter identification he sufficiently proved, but he failed to establish that this was different from John Colgan's Kilkenniensis. Colgan had an extremely high opinion of the Lives of this collection, assigning some of them to the late sixth century, and others to dates in the seventh century. For the two manuscripts, Revd Charles Plummer's symbols M and T are retained, but the symbol D is introduced to represent the recension common to both.

Keywords:   Dublin collection, manuscripts, Codex Kilkenniensis, Marsh's Library, William Reeves, John Colgan, Lives, Charles Plummer, symbols, recension

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