BOOK OF ARMAGH

Compiled ca. 807 in the Irish archdiocese of Armagh, the Book of Armagh is a work written in Latin and ancient Gaelic which contains almost the whole NT, some ecclesiastical texts, but esp. some documents regarding St. Patrick c. 373 461 and his mission: two Lives, an incomplete collection of memoirs Dicta Patricii, in part ascribable to T­rechn, and an abbreviated version of the Confessio, written by the then-aged Patrick to thank God and explain the meaning of his episcopate, in some ways closely following Augustine’s Confessions.

CPL 1100, 1104 and 1105; R.P.C. Hanson – C. Blanc eds., Saint Patrick, Confession et Lettre   Caroticus SC 249, Paris 1978; J. Gwynn, The Book of Armagh, Dublin 1913, XLV-LXIII, 17-30, 453-454; L. Bieler, Patrician Texts in the Book of Armagh Scriptores Latini Hiberniae 10, Dublin 1979, 124-162; E. MacNeill, Dates of Texts in the Book of Armagh Relating to St. Patrick: JRSAI 58 1928 85-101; L. Bieler, The Notulae in the Book of Armagh: Scriptorium 8 1954 89-97; L. de Paor, The Aggrandisement of Armagh: Historical Studies 8 1971 95-110; D. Powell, St. Patrick’s Confession and the Book of Armagh: AB 90 1972 371- 385; A. Gwynn, The Problem of the Dicta Patricii: Seanchas ardmhacha 8 1975 1977 69-80; J. Stevenson, Literacy in Ireland: The Evidence of Patrick Dossier in the Book of Armagh, in The Uses of Literacy in Early Mediaeval Europe, ed. R. McKitterick, Cambridge 1990, 11-35.

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