The Irish Tradition in Old English Literature by Charles D. Wright

By Charles D. Wright

Irish priests and missionaries performed a vital position within the conversion of the pagan Anglo-Saxons and within the formation of Christian tradition in England, however the nature and volume of Irish effect on previous English poetry has remained principally undefined. Charles Wright identifies the attribute positive factors of Irish Christian literature which motivated Anglo-Saxon vernacular authors. Professor Wright strains the Irish heritage of the specific contents of Vercelli Homily IX and its notable exemplum, 'The Devil's Account of the subsequent World', and lines the dissemination of similar stylistic and thematic fabric somewhere else in outdated English literature, together with different nameless homilies corresponding to Beowulf and the Solomon and Saturn texts. As a full-length learn of Irish impact on previous English non secular literature, the publication will entice students in previous English literature, Anglo-Saxon experiences, and previous and heart Irish literature.

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204). See K . McCone, ' Z u r Frage der Register im friihen Irischen', in Early Irish Literature, ed. Tranter and Tristram, p p . 57-97, esp. 7 6 - 8 0 ; D . D u m v i l l e , ' Latin and Irish in the Annals of Ulster, A. D . 4 3 1 - 1 0 5 0 ' , in Ireland in Early Mediaeval Europe, ed. Whitelock et aL, p p . 320-41. On the Cambrai homily, see BCLL, no. 801, and below, p. 74. McNamara, 'A Plea for Hiberno-Latin Biblical Studies', pp. 350—2, notes several examples of the survival of Hiberno-Latin motifs in Irish vernacular texts from the later Middle Ages.

Hiberno-Latin texts and traditions were also transmitted t o England t h r o u g h Wales and Brittany (see below, p . 270, n. 204). See K . McCone, ' Z u r Frage der Register im friihen Irischen', in Early Irish Literature, ed. Tranter and Tristram, p p . 57-97, esp. 7 6 - 8 0 ; D . D u m v i l l e , ' Latin and Irish in the Annals of Ulster, A. D . 4 3 1 - 1 0 5 0 ' , in Ireland in Early Mediaeval Europe, ed. Whitelock et aL, p p . 320-41. On the Cambrai homily, see BCLL, no. 801, and below, p.

129-30 (on the number of journeys, paces and stadia between heaven and hell); McNamara, The Apocrypha in the Irish Church, p. 24 (no. 8, on the distance between the Garden of 25 The Irish tradition in Old English literature such lore derived mainly from foreign sources,101 including classical and Christian authors such as Pliny the Elder102 and Isidore of Seville,103 and from apocryphal texts such as the Visio S. Pauli. 105 By the ninth and tenth 101 102 103 104 105 Eden and the House of the Trinity); Irish Texts, ed.

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