Bethu Phátraic / Vita Tripartita S. Patricii‘The Life of Patrick / The Tripartite Life of St. Patrick’

  • Old Irish, Latin
  • prose
  • Irish hagiography


Abridged version (homily)
  • Old Irish Latin
  • Old Irish and Latin.
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
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Related: Irish glossary from TCD 1337, pp. 623-628Irish glossary from TCD 1337, pp. 623-628Medieval Irish glossary in TCD 1337, pp. 623-628. Many of the entries are known from other works and learned compilations, such as Sanas Cormaic.O’Clery’s glossaryO’Clery’s glossaryIrish glossary, dedicated to Baothghalach Mac Aodhagáin.Pátraicc Macha mártai GaídilPátraicc Macha mártai GaídilMiddle Irish poem (13 st.) in praise of St Patrick.


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Saint PatrickSaint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
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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.] Mulchrone, Kathleen [ed. and tr.], Bethu Phátraic: The tripartite life of Patrick [I. Text and sources], Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1939.
– TITUS version: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], The tripartite Life of Patrick: with other documents relating to that saint, 2 vols, Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, 89, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887.
Internet Archive – part 1 (ends on p. 227): <link>, <link> Internet Archive – part 2: <link> CELT – Liber angeli from the Book of Armagh: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Betha Phatraic: On the Life of Saint Patrick”, in: Whitley Stokes, Three Middle-Irish homilies on the Lives of saints Patrick, Brigit and Columba, Calcutta, 1877. 1–47, 138.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Kenney, James F., “Chapter IV: The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: I. The primitive foundations”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 288–371.
342–345 [id. 135.]
Mac Neill, Eoin, “The Vita Tripartita of St. Patrick”, Ériu 11 (1932): 1–41.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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