Texts

Foscél ar Brénainn

  • Middle Irish
  • Irish hagiography, minor Irish prose tales
A Middle Irish short story about a dialogue between Brénainn of Clonfert with one of his successors, Moínenn, bishop of Clonfert, on the subject of death and the afterlife.
Author
Anonymous
Manuscripts
Language
  • Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish?

Classification

Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography
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minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)Irish narrative literature
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)
id. 33994

Relatively short prose tales in Irish. In learned discourse from the Middle Irish period and later, a distinction is sometimes made between the longer prím-scél and the shorter fo-scél. See eDIL s.v. ‘foscél’ for some references. In the first two volumes of BILL (1913 and 1942), Best included separate headings for ‘Minor tales’.

Subjects

deathpersonal life events
death
id. 26573

any event involving the death (or near-death) of one or multiple organisms, regardless of cause.

Brénainn of ClonfertBrénainn of Clonfert
(d. 577)
Brénainn mac Findloga
Brénainn (Brenden; Brendan) mac Findloga, early Connacht saint, patron of Clonfert, and legendary voyager
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Móenu of ClonfertMóenu of Clonfert
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Sources

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.] Vendryes, J., “Trois historiettes irlandaises du manuscrit de Paris”, Revue Celtique 31 (1910): 300–311.
Internet Archive: <link>
309–311 Based on the Paris MS.
[ed.] O'Sullivan, Anne [ed.], The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983. xv + pp. 1327-1708.
CELT – pp. 1327–1595 (excl. pp. 1596–1708): <link>
Based on LL

Secondary sources (select)

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Plummer, Charles [ed.], Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, Subsidia Hagiographica 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
202 (no. 81)
Grosjean, Paul, “Textes hagiographiques irlandais”, Études Celtiques 2:4 (1937): 269–303.  

Contents: I. Le miracle du décapité; II. Comment l’Amra de Colum Cille sauva Mac Taidhg de la captivité et du diable; III. La Vision de Baithin; IV. Comment Brendan de Clonfert changea un enfant de fille en garçon dans le sein de sa mère; V. Dialogue de s. Brendan avec son disciple Moinen sur la mort; VI. Les prières de l’anachorète Fergal; VII. Le balai de Fánaid; VIII. Saint Moling et le lépreux; IX. Eulalie de Shaftesbury et le rosaire; X. Sur sainte Reichtín; XII. Un miracle de la Vierge: la statue du Mont-Saint-Michel; XIII. S. Dunchad Úa Braein; XIV. Extraits de la Règle de Tallaght.

Journal volume:  Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 2, fascicule 3, 1937: <link> Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 2, fascicule 4, 1937: <link>
280–282 ‘V. Dialogue de s. Brendan avec son disciple Moinen sur la mort’
Contributors
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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July 2016, last updated: June 2020