Vita Darercae, seu Moninnae, abbatissae ‘The Life of Darerca, or Monenna, abbess’

  • Latin
  • Irish hagiography
  • Latin
  • Latin.
9th century
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Mo Ninne of KillevyMo Ninne of Killevy
(first half of the sixth century (d. 517, s.a. AU))
Dar Ercae of Killevy
founder and patron saint of Cell Shléibe (Killevy, Co. Armagh); daughter of Mochta, a nobleman of the Conailli Muirthemne.
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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.] 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.
83–95 Vita Darercae, seu Moninnae, abbatissae.
[tr.] de Paor, Liam [tr.], Saint Patrick's world: the Christian culture of Ireland's apostolic age, Blackrock: Four Courts Press, 1993.
281–294 “The Life of St. Darerca, or Moninna, the Abbess”.

Secondary sources (select)

Auslander, Diane Peters, “Living with a saint: monastic identity, community, and the ideal of asceticism in the Life of an Irish saint”, in: Katherine Allen Smith, and Scott Wells (eds), Negotiating community and difference in medieval Europe: gender, power, patronage and the authority of religion in Latin Christendom, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009. 17–32.
Dennis Groenewegen
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