Vita sancti Petroci (Saint-Méen Life)

  • Latin
  • prose
First words (prose)
  • Beatus igitur Petrocus, natione Cumber, ex regali ortus prosapia, ita vixit a puero ut, sequela fidei et operum apostolorum Principis imitator, [etc.]
P =
ff. 142r–150r
Complete text.
G =
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 11770
ff. 1r–2r
  • Latin
prose (primary)



(fl. 6th century)
Cornish saint whose cult spread across both Cornwall and Brittany. In Cornwall, he is primarily associated with the foundation at Padstow (Lanwethenek), which relocated to Bodmin; in Brittany, with the community of Saint-Méen.

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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.] Meyer, Mathilde, “La vie latine de saint Petroc: édition, traduction et commentaire”, thesis, Université de Rennes 2, 2002.
Not seen.
[ed.] Grosjean, Paul, “Vies et miracles de S. Petroc: II. Le dossier de Saint-Méen”, Analecta Bollandiana 74 (1956): 470–496.
487–496 (text), with introductory discussion

Secondary sources (select)

Jankulak, Karen, The medieval cult of St Petroc, Studies in Celtic History, 19, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2000.
Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications, 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
260 [id. 948.]
Doble, G. H., The saints of Cornwall, vol. 4: Newquay, Padstow and Bodmin district, Oxford: Dean and Chapter of Truro, 1965.  
1. Saint Perran or Piran; 2. Saint Carantoc; 3. Saint Merryn; 4. Saint Cadoc; 5. Saint Brioc; 6. Saint Docco and Saint Kew; 7. Saint Tudy; 8. Saint Branwalader; 9. Saint Gonand; 10. Saint Petroc; Note on Saint Hermes.
Dennis Groenewegen
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