Irish version of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica (Books I-II)

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature, Medieval Irish literary adaptations
Middle Irish version of the first two books of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum.
Irish version of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica (Books I-II)
No title occurs in the manuscript.
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)


Medieval Irish literature Medieval Irish literary adaptations


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.] Cox, Edward G., “A Middle Irish fragment of Bede's Ecclesiastical history”, in: Northup, C. S., M. W. Sampson, W. Strunk, and F. Thilly (eds), Studies in language and literature in celebration of the seventeenth birthday of James Morgan Hart, November 2, 1909, New York, 1910. 122–178.
Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Bergin, O. J. [ed.], “A Middle-Irish fragment of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 3, Halle and Dublin, 1910. 63–76.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno, “Eine irische Version von Beda's Historia”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 2 (1899): 320–321.  
comments: Laud 610, f. 87 b.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Preface only.

Secondary sources (select)

Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, “Bede’s Ecclesiastical History in Irish”, Peritia 3 (1984): 115–130.
Dennis Groenewegen