Epscop do Gáedelaib dochoid do Róim ‘A bishop of the Gaels went to Rome’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
Epscop do Gáedelaib dochoid do Róim
‘A bishop of the Gaels went to Rome’
Not so much a title as the first part of the opening words.
According to Elizabeth Boyle, the Book of Leinster version is Middle Irish.
LL =
pp. 281b–282a
beg. ‘EPscop do Gaedelaib dochoid do Róim’
LB =
p. 260a.50 ff
rubric: ‘A marrath fil forsin ernaigthi is ed tuicter triasin scel sa’
beg. ‘Epscop uasal do Goedelu do choid do Boim’
Slightly longer, modernised version.
  • Middle Irish
  • According to Boyle (below), the Book of Leinster version “should perhaps be placed ... into the Middle Irish period: we might date it (very tentatively) to the tenth or eleventh century, though no later than that”, whereas the Leabhar Breac version represents a later reworking of the text exhibiting a degree of modernisation, with features of Early Modern Irish.
prose (primary)



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.] Boyle, Elizabeth, “Lay morality, clerical immorality, and pilgrimage in tenth-century Ireland: Cethrur macclérech and Epscop do Gáedelaib”, Studia Hibernica 39 (2013): 9–48.
Editions of the texts in LL and LB, with English translation (of the LL text), discussion, commentary and summary of the tale.
[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. OʼBrien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967. xv + pp. 1119-1325.
CELT – pp. 1119-1192 and 1202-1325: <link>
Diplomatic edition of the text in LL.
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
132–134 [id. 29. ‘La faute de l’évêque’] Edited from LB.