Vita sancti Columbae‘Life of Saint Columba’
- Irish hagiography
Latin Life of St Columba (Ir. Colum Cille), Irish missionary, monk and founder of Iona, written by Adomnán, abbot of Iona, about a century after the saint’s death. The work is organised into three books: one on the saint’s prophetic revelations, another on the miracles performed by him and the final one on angelic apparitions. Despite its hagiographic content, it remains an important source of historical study.
Adomnán mac Rónáin was abbot of Iona (r. 679–704) and author of the Latin Life of St Columba and an account of the holy places of the Near East (De locis sanctis). He is credited with the proclamation of the Lex innocentium or Cáin Adomnáin at the Synod of Birr.
- Longer recension:
- Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, MS Generalia 1 [s. viiiin]ff. 1–69 pp. 1–136
- London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius D iii [s. xiiex / s. xiiiin]ff. 192–217
- London, British Library, MS Additional 35110 [s. xii]ff. 96v–143
- Shorter (abridged) recension:
- St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 555 [s. ixin]ff. 1–83
- Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, MS Clm 6341 [s. ixex + c. 1000]ff. 1–51
- The Magnum Legendarium Austriacum (Austrian MSS)
- Dublin, Marsh's Library, MS Z 3.1.5 = Codex Kilkenniensis (or Ardmachanus) [s. xv]ff. 39ra (line 1)–51va
- Pseudo-Cumméne, i.e. the abridged recension wrongly attributed to Cumméne (cf. the fragment of Cumméne's Life)
- Saint-Omer, Bibliothéque municipale, MS 716 vol. 5 [s. xii]ff. 160–16313th century
- Other manuscript versions:
- Le Mans, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 217ff. 102v–106v
A set of Old English instructions, with included diagram, for building a magical device with which to protect a bee-enclosure (apiary). It is attested in a Gallican Psalter from Winchester, where it is part of an Old English gloss that includes various charms for healing animals. The present item follows directly on one for protection from theft of bees. The user is instructed to take a knife and use it to inscribe the circular device depicted in the diagram on a malmstone, along with the Latin words it contains (certain numerals and the words contra apes ut salui [sic] sint et in corda eorum [sic] s[crib]am h[anc]). Next, one is to drive a stake into the center of the enclosure and impose the stone on the stake until only the writing surface remains visible.
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.
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