Páis Petair ⁊ Póil ‘The passion of (saints) Peter and Paul’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Irish religious texts, Passion, Homily
First words (prose)
  • Beati qui persecutionem patiuntur propter iustitiam quoniam ipsorum est regnum celorum
pp. 172b (line 41)–175a
beg. ‘Beati qui persecutionem patiuntur propter iustitiam quoniam ipsorum est regnum celorum’
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Scél for mírbuil PóilScél for mírbuil Póil

Short medieval Irish legend on the passion of St Paul, with an account of his decapitation and miraculous recapitation (recovery of his head). It is similar to the version told in the Irish homily Páis Petair ocus Póil


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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.] [tr.] Atkinson, Robert, The passions and the homilies from Leabhar Breac: text, translation and glossary, Todd Lecture Series, 2, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1887.  

Note that there are various references throughout the book to material in the appendix, but in the introduction, Atkinson states he regrets “that I have not found it possible to include in the present volume the Appendix and Notes”.

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85–95 (edition); 329–339 (translation with introduction). [id. 22.]
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
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69–77 [id. 14. ‘Saint Piérre, saint Paul et Simon le Magicien’] Extract from LB, based on Atkinson.

Secondary sources (select)

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
Utrecht University Library: <link>
McNamara, Martin, The apocrypha in the Irish Church, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1975.
Dennis Groenewegen
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