Vita sancti Patricii ‘Life of St Patrick’

Jocelin of Furness
  • Latin
  • prose
  • Religious texts
A Life of Saint Patrick. It was written by Jocelin of the Cistercian abbey of Furness in Lancashire, when he accompanied John de Courcy on his visit to Down.
Jocelin of Furness
Jocelin of Furness
(fl. 1175–1214)
hagiographer of the Cistercian abbey of Furness; author of Lives of St Patrick and St Kentigern

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  • Latin
some time between 1180 and 1201
prose (primary)


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Saint Patrick
Saint 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.] Edition wanted
A new edition and translation is one of the aims of the project Hagiography at the frontiers: Jocelin of Furness and insular politics at the Institute of Irish Studies, Liverpool University.
[ed.] Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647.  
comments: The title page reads in full (normalised spellng): Triadis Thaumaturgæ, seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ, et Brigidæ, trium veteris et majoris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ, Sanctorum insulæ, communium patronorum acta, a variis, iisque pervetustis ac Sanctis, authoribus Scripta, ac studio R.P.F. Joannis Colgani, in conventu F.F. Minor. Hibernor, Stritior, Observ., Lovanii, S. Theologiæ Lectoris Jubilati, ex variis bibliothecis collecta, scholiis et commentariis illustrata, et pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulæ antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens.
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[ed.] Messingham, Thomas, Florilegium insulae sanctorum: seu vitae et acta sanctorum Hiberniae, Paris, 1624.
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[ed.] Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur, vel a catholicis scriptoribus celebrantur, 68 vols, vol. 7: Martius II (9–18), Antwerp: Ioannes Meursius, 1668.
[tr.] Swift, Edmund L., The Life and Acts of Saint Patrick the archbishop, primate and apostle of Ireland, Dublin, 1809.
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Birkett, Helen, The saints’ lives of Jocelin of Furness: hagiography, patronage and ecclesiastical politics, Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2010.
Bieler, Ludwig, Studies on the life and legend of St. Patrick, ed. Richard Sharpe, Variorum Collected Studies Series, 244, London: Variorum Reprints, 1986.
Bieler, Ludwig, Ireland and the culture of early medieval Europe, ed. Richard Sharpe, Variorum Collected Studies Series, 263, London: Variorum Reprints, 1987.
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.
347–348 [id. 140.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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March 2013, last updated: January 2024