Liber confraternitatum vetustior Sancti Petri Salisburgensis ‘The confraternity book of Sankt Peter’s of Salzburg’

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Confraternity book of St. Peter’s abbey in Salzburg, written under the auspices of Virgil, bishop of Salzburg (d. 784), towards the end of his life. To Irish historians, it may be known chiefly for the list it contains of abbots of Iona down to Slébéne.
Virgil of Salzburg
Virgil of Salzburg
(d. c. 784)
Irish scholar; bishop of Salzburg

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Origin: Salzburg, St. PeterSalzburg, St. Peter
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Salzburg list of abbots of IonaSalzburg list of abbots of IonaAn 8th-century list of abbots of Iona down to Slébéne, preserved in a confraternity book written under the auspices of Virgil of Salzburg.



Salzburg, St. PeterSalzburg, St. Peter
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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.

[facs. ed.] Forstner, Karl, Das Verbrüderungsbuch von St. Peter in Salzburg: vollständige Faksimileausgabe im Originalformat der Handschrift A 1 aus dem Archiv von St. Peter in Salzburg, Codices selecti phototypice impressi, 51, Graz, 1974.
[ed.] Herzberg-Fränkel, Siegmund, Dioecesis Salisburgensis, MGH Necrologia Germaniae, 2, Hannover: Weidmann, 1904.
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Ó Riain-Raedel, Dagmar, “‘Wide-reaching connections’: the list of abbots from Iona in the Liber confraternitatum ecclesiae S. Petri in Salzburg”, in: Elizabeth Mullins, and Diarmuid Scully (eds), Listen, o Isles, unto me: studies in medieval word and image in honour of Jennifer O'Reilly, Cork: Cork University Press, 2011. 60–72.
Forstner, Karl, “Das Salzburger Skriptorium unter Virgil und das Verbrüderungsbuch von St. Peter”, in: Heinz Dopsch, and Roswitha Juffinger (eds), Virgil von Salzburg: Missionar und Gelehrter. Beiträge des Internationalen Symposiums vom 21.-24. September 1984 in der Salzburger Residenz, Salzburg: Salzburger Landesregierung, 1985. 135–140.
Forstner, Karl, “War Virgil der Schreiber des Verbrüderungsbuches?”, in: Hans Spatzenegger (ed.), 1200 Jahre Dom zu Salzburg, 774-1974: Festschrift zum 1200jährigen Jubiläum des Domes zu Salzburg, Salzburg: Salzburger Druckerei, 1974. 26–30.
Grosjean, Paul, “Virgile de Salzbourg en Irlande”, Analecta Bollandiana 78 (1960): 92–123.
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