Texts

Bruiden Meic Da Réo‘Mac Da Réo’s hostel’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings
A Middle Irish saga which recounts how in Ireland, the vassal peoples (aithech-thúatha) rebelled and decimated the leading noble families and how the survivors regained power through the mediation of the judge Morann.
Manuscripts

See Ralph O'Connor, ‘Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo’, Ériu 56 (2006): 119–121 and Johan Corthals, Manuscript sources to Old and Middle Irish tales (MsOmit) (2010).

Language
  • Middle Irish
Date
possibly 11th or 12th century (O'Connor)
Form
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Textual relationships
The two Middle Irish recensions include a version of Sáerchlanna Érenn uile, a Middle Irish syllabic poem in 12 stanzas. A text which may be closely related to or nearly identical to the present text is that referred by the title Orgain Cairpri Chind Chait for sáerchlannaib Érenn ("Cairpre Cenn Cait's massacre of the nobles of Ireland") in the two Middle Irish tale-lists.(1)n. 1 Ralph O'Connor, ‘Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo’, Ériu 56 (2006): 119–121.
(Possible) sources: Sáerchlanna Érenn uileSáerchlanna Érenn uileA syllabic poem incorporated in the two Middle Irish recensions of the saga concerning the revolt of the aithech-thúatha, Bruiden Meic Da Réo and Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait. It consists of twelve stanzas.
Related: Scél ar Chairbre Cinn CaitScél ar Chairbre Cinn CaitThe second of two Middle Irish recensions, the other being Bruiden Meic Da Réo, which recount how in early Ireland, the vassal peoples (aithech-thúatha) rebelled and decimated the leading noble families. This is Thurneysen's ‘Recension I’, except for the modernised text in the Edinburgh MS, which he describes as ‘Recension III’.Orgain Cairpri Chind Chait for sáerchlannaib ÉrennOrgain Cairpri Chind Chait for sáerchlannaib ÉrennAn early Irish saga whose title is included in versions A and B of the Middle Irish tale lists and suggests that its narrative would have focused on the revolt of the aithech-thúatha in Irish prehistory. It is not known what version of the tale was being referred to but it is likely related to two extant recensions of the late Middle Irish period, known as Bruiden Meic Da Réo and Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait.Sáerchlanna Érenn uileSáerchlanna Érenn uileA syllabic poem incorporated in the two Middle Irish recensions of the saga concerning the revolt of the aithech-thúatha, Bruiden Meic Da Réo and Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait. It consists of twelve stanzas.
Associated items
Sáerchlanna Érenn uileSáerchlanna Érenn uileA syllabic poem incorporated in the two Middle Irish recensions of the saga concerning the revolt of the aithech-thúatha, Bruiden Meic Da Réo and Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait. It consists of twelve stanzas.

Classification

Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80

Subjects

revolt of the aithechthúatha
revolt of the aithechthúatha
id. 43509
Fíachu FindfholaidFíachu Findfholaid
father of Túathal Techtmar
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Túathal TechtmarTúathal Techtmar
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MorannMorann, Morand
mythical judge (brithem) who is said to have given instructions of wisdom to the young king of Tara, Feradach Find Fechtnach son of Crimthann Nia Náir, after the revolt of the aithech-thúatha; besides Audacht Morainn, a number of further texts relating to wisdom and law are attributed to him.
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Sources

Notes

Ralph O'Connor, ‘Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo’, Ériu 56 (2006): 119–121.

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “Morands Fürstenspiegel”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 11 (1917): 56–106.
Internet Archive: <link>
56–73 poem; prose (with variants from the second recension) direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Ó Raithbheartaigh, Toirdhealbhach [ed.], Genealogical tracts. Vol. 1, Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1932.
CELT – pp. 107–116 (RIA MS 23 P 12): <link> Irishmanuscripts.ie – PDF: <link>
122–131 Text of the Book of Fermoy version, with English translation.
[tr.] MacNeill, Eoin [tr.], “The revolt of the vassals”, The New Ireland Review 26 (1906): 96–106.
Based on the Book of Fermoy text.

Secondary sources (select)

OʼConnor, Ralph, “Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo”, Ériu 56 (2006): 117–143.
Contributors
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October 2010, last updated: September 2022