Authorities and Adaptations: the Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland

I am pleased to report that a volume of essays which I co-edited with Dr Deborah Hayden (DIAS) has just been published by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The book, entitled Authorities and Adaptations: the Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland, explores how texts were studied, copied and adapted in medieval Ireland. Covering a range of genres in Latin and Irish, including saga literature, law texts, grammatical tracts, sermons and poetry, the book includes a chapter by myself on the Latin poem De mirabilibus Hibernie (‘On the Wonders of Ireland’) and a chapter by the Head of the School of Celtic Studies here at Maynooth, Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, on the adaptation of Ulster Cycle tales. It is available to buy from the DIAS online bookshop. The book will be launched officially at DIAS on Friday 26th September by Professor Fergus Kelly.

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