Memoriale super visitatione Laurencii Ratholdi factum de Purgatorio sancti Patricii

James Yonge
  • Latin
  • prose

Latin account of a Hungarian nobleman, Laurence Rathold of Pásztó, and the pilgrimage he undertook in 1411 to the island of St Patrick’s Purgatory.

Memoriale super visitatione Laurencii Ratholdi factum de Purgatorio sancti Patricii

Full title In Latin: Memoriale super visitatione domini Laurencii Ratholdi militis et baronis Vngarie factum de Purgatorio sancti Patricii in insula Hibernie

First words (prose)
  • Postquam almiticus universorum creator omni carens cuiuscunque eternaliter egestate suamque volens infinitam protendere bonitatem mundum fecerat universum
Yonge (James)
Yonge (James)
(d. c.1425)
Anglo-Irish notary, writer and translator active in Dublin. His writings include an English adaptation of the Secreta secretorum, which was commissioned by the earl of Ormond, and an account of the pilgrimage of a Hungarian nobleman, Laurence Rathold, to St Patrick’s Purgatory.

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Textual relationships
(Possible) sources: Visiones GeorgiiVisiones Georgii

Latin account of the pilgrimage of a Hungarian knight, Georgius Grissaphan/Crissaphan, to St Patrick’s Purgatory and the visions he experienced.



pilgrimages to St Patrick’s Purgatory
pilgrimages to St Patrick’s Purgatory
id. 66519
Rathold (Laurence) [of Pásztó]Rathold (Laurence) ... of Pásztó
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Purgatóir Pátraic
Purgatóir Pátraic ... Patrick's Purgatory / Station Island
County Donegal
An Augustinian house and a site of pilgrimage on an island on Lough Derg, Co. Donegal.

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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.] Delehaye, Hippolyte, “La pèlerinage de Laurent de Pászthó au Purgatoire de S. Patrice”, Analecta Bollandiana 27 (1908): 35–60.
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Edition based on Royal MS 10 B ix.

Secondary sources (select)

OʼByrne, Theresa, “Centre or periphery? The role of Dublin in James Yonge’s Memoriale (1412)”, in: Kathleen Miller, and Carlotte Gribben (eds), Dublin: Renaissance city of literature, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 16–37.
OʼByrne, Theresa, “Ireland’s earliest visionary account of St. Patrick’s Purgatory: Laurence Rathold of Pászthó, James Yonge, and the literary tradition”, in: Amber Handy, and Brian Ó Conchubhair (eds), The language of gender, power, and agency in Celtic studies, Dublin: Arlen House, 2014. 107–122.
Haren, Michael, “Two Hungarian pilgrims”, in: Michael Haren, and Yolande de Pontfarcy [eds.], The medieval pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Purgatory: Lough Derg and the European tradition, Enniskillen: Clogher Historical Society, 1988. 120–168.
Dennis Groenewegen
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