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Latin prologue to an 84-year cycle, probably written in the late 4th century and preserved in manuscripts (ultimately) of Irish provenance or Irish affiliations. Cummian, in his Paschal letter, may be drawing on this text when he discusses the lunar limits for the Passion, Burial and Resurrection of Christ. It has been suggested that the prologue may be the ‘heretical’ computistical treatise to which Bede refers in his letter to Plegwin.

Manuscript witnesses

Cologne, Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek, MS 83(ii) 
incipit: Cum me animus inpulsaret et cogitationes acciderunt   
ff. 193v–?196v  
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 63 
incipit: Cum magna nime inpulsarer et cogitaciones accederent   
ff. 81r–87v  
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 63 
rubric: Tractatus de Creatione et de annis ab origine mundi; item, de celebratione Paschae; ad quendam Vitalem inscriptus   incipit: Cum magna nime [sic] inpulsarer et cogitaciones accederent, animo meo inquirere annos et tempora creature.   This copy was begun by the main hand on ff. 81-83 and completed by another, anonymous hand on ff. 83-87.
f. 81r–f. 87v


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.] Mommsen, Theodor, Chronica minora saec. IV, V, VI, VII, vol. 1, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi, 9, Berlin: Weidmann, 1892.
Digital MGH: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
737–738 (text); 736 (introduction) [‘Additamentum I: Prologi Paschae ad Vitalem’] Based on both manuscripts (Cologne and Digby). direct link
[ed.] Krusch, Bruno, Studien zur christlich-mittelalterlichen Chronologie: der 84jährige Ostercyclus und seine Quellen, Leipzig: Veit & Comp., 1880.
Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
227–235 Based on the Cologne MS.

Secondary sources (select)

Charles-Edwards, T. M., Early Christian Ireland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.