Medieval Irish Saints Lives: An Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae

Hardcover | June 1, 1994

byRichard Sharpe

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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. Richard Sharpe's pioneering analysis addresses such questionsas when and where the Lives were compiled, and from what sources they derive. Dr Sharpe sets his own treatment of the collections within the wider context of Irish hagiographical studies. Formidable research underpins his lucid exposition and resolution of complex problems of historical andlinguistic evidence.

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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. Richard Sharpe's pioneering analysis addresses such questionsas when and where the Lives were compiled, a...

Richard Sharpe is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:438 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198215827

ISBN - 13:9780198215820

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`The bulk of the study consists of a philological tour de force which displays the author's thoroughness in philology and textual criticism ... Sharpe has set very high standards for his own future publications.'Michael Richter, Universitat Konstanz, Irish Historical Studies, Vol. XXIX, No. 116, November 1995