Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
Date
1 December 2020, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Type
Seminar
Description

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork)

The Relationship between the Manuscripts of the ‘Irish Liber Hymnorum

The title Liber Hymnorum refers in an Irish context to a collection of hymns in Latin and Irish, as well as much ancilliary material, preserved in two extant manuscripts (Trinity College Dublin 1441 and University College Dublin OFM A2) It is doubtful whether the Liber Hymnorum codices were intended for regular liturgical celebration, since each hymn is preceded by a preface detailing the supposed place, time and cause of its composition as well as the author. Certain elements of the provenance and transmission of the manuscripts can only be sketched and the relationship between the two surviving witnesses is only partially understood. It is clear, however, that the codices are not reproductions of the same exemplar but the precise relationship between these two important sources of medieval Irish hymnody merits further investigation. 





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