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Medieval Irish Saints' Lives: An Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae

Richard Sharpe


This is a study of three important late medieval collections of saints' Lives. The manuscripts, written in Latin and, for the most part, relating to the lives of Irish saints, have never before been subject to critical examination. The book addresses such questions as when and where the Lives were compiled, and from what sources they derive. It sets its own treatment of the collections within the wider context of Irish hagiographical studies. It sets out and resolves complex problems of historical and linguistic evidence.

Keywords: Irish saints, Lives of the Saints, sources, Irish hagiography, historical evidence, linguistic evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198215820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198215820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Sharpe, author
University of Oxford