Vita sancti Flannani ‘The Life of Flannán’

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  • Irish hagiography
Medieval Latin Life of St Flannán, abbot of Killaloe


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Flannán of Killaloe
Flannán of Killaloe
patron saint of Cell Dá Lua (Killaloe, Co. Clare)

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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.] Grosjean, Paul, “Catalogus codicum hagiographicorum latinorum bibliothecarum Dubliniensium”, Analecta Bollandiana 46 (1928): 81–149.
124–141 (appendix) Text from the Insulensis recension
[ed.] Heist, W. W. [ed.], Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae: ex codice olim Salmanticensi, nunc Bruxellensi. Lives of the saints of Ireland, from the Salamanca manuscript now of Brussels, Subsidia Hagiographica, 28, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1965.
280–301 Text from the Salamanca recension
[ed.] De Smedt, Charles, and Joseph De Backer, Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae ex codice Salmanticensi, Edinburgh and London, 1888.
Münchener DigitalisierungsZentrum – scanned copy: <link>
643–680 Earlier edition of the Salamanca recension of the text direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Foreign connections and domestic politics: Killaloe and the Uí Briain in twelfth-century hagiography”, in: Dorothy Whitelock, Rosamund McKitterick, and David N. Dumville (eds), Ireland in early medieval Europe: studies in memory of Kathleen Hughes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. 213–231.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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