Bethu Brigte ‘The Life of (St) Brigit’

  • Old Irish
  • prose
  • Irish hagiography
  • Old Irish
  • Secondary language(s): Hiberno-Latin
9th century (?)
prose (primary)


Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography



Brigit of KildareBrigit of Kildare
(c. 439/452–c. 524/526)
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.
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Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Ó hAodha, Donncha [ed.], Bethu Brigte, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.
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Edition, with translation, introduction and notes
[ed.] Plummer, Charles [ed.], J. Fraser, and P. Grosjean, “Vita Brigitae”, in: J. Fraser, Paul Grosjean, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Irish texts, fasciculus I, London, 1931. 2–18, i (corrigenda) + fasc. V: 100 (corrigenda).
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[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1890.
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319–331 An edition, with translation, of passages that have been selected for comparison with the Middle Irish Betha Brigte and the Vita prima direct link
[tr.] OʼBrien, M. A., “The Old Irish Life of St. Brigit: Part I. Translation”, Irish Historical Studies 1:2 (September, 1938): 121–134.

Secondary sources (select)

Connolly, Seán, “Verbal usage in Vita Prima Brigitae and Bethu Brigte”, Peritia 1 (1982): 268–272.
OʼBrien, M. A., “The Old Irish Life of St. Brigit: Part II. Introduction and notes”, Irish Historical Studies 1:4 (September, 1939): 343–353.
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