BRADSHAW SOCIETY: Félire húi Gormáin. The Martyrology of Gorman.


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Edited from a Manuscript in the Royal Library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. By Whitley Stokes. London: [Printed by Harrison and Sons for the Henry Bradshaw Society], 1895. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. lii, 411. Black cloth over bevelled boards, badge of the Bradshaw Society in gilt on upper cover, title in gilt on spine. Bookplates of Keble College Library and Aldenham House on front pastedown, previous owner’s signature on front endpaper. A near fine copy.
A late twelfth-century metrical text, composed by an Irish abbot. The Félire Húi Gormán, transcribed about 1630 by Michael O’Cleary, Chief of the Four Masters. The edition gives the original MiddleIrish from Brussels, Royal Library, MS 5100-5104, with an English translation, notes and glossary, and full indices. About 3450 people are commemorated in the martyrology, which is taken to be the product of a reform movement led by St Malachy, aiming among other things at harmonizing the Irish calendar more closely with that of the rest of the Western Church.


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