De virtute sancti Martain

  • Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
  • prose
Irish homily on St Martin, bishop of Tours. The work bears testimony to knowledge of the writings of Sulpicius Severus (the Vita sancti Martini and the Dialogi) in 12th-century Ireland.
  • Middle Irish Early Modern Irish
“probably written in the thirteenth century” (Stokes); but “overall, the sum of linguistic evidence indicates that Mart belongs generally to the same era as CC [Life of Colum Cille], but probably comes before CC in order of compilation. Therefore, the date of Mart may be placed within the first half of the twelth century” (Herbert, p. 79).
prose (primary)
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(Possible) sources: Vita sancti Martini (Sulpicius Severus)Vita sancti Martini (Sulpicius Severus)View incoming dataDialogi (Sulpicius Severus)Dialogi (Sulpicius Severus)View incoming data



Martin of Tours
Martin of Tours
(fl. 4th century)
bishop of Tours and saint. His vita and related writings by Martin’s younger contemporary Sulpicius Severus were highly influential in early medieval Europe, furnishing models for hagiographic writing about many other saints.

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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.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “A Middle-Irish homily on S. Martin of Tours”, Revue Celtique 2 (1873–1875): 381–402, 508.
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Based on a lithographic facsimile of Leabhar Breac.
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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78 [id. 15. ‘Le manteau de Saint Martin’] Extract from LB, taken from Stokes above.
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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79–80 [id. 16. ‘Deux miracles de Saint Martin’] Extracts from LB, taken from Stokes.

Secondary sources (select)

Herbert, Máire, “The Life of Martin of Tours: a view from twelfth-century Ireland”, in: Michael Richter, and Jean-Michel Picard (eds), Ogma: essays in Celtic studies in honour of Próinséas Ní Chatháin, Dublin: Four Courts, 2002. 76–84.
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Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, “Aquitaine in Early Irish sources”, in: Jean-Michel Picard (ed.), Aquitaine and Ireland in the Middle Ages, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1995. 137–146.
Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
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[id. 336.]
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