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Patrick Converts Two Daughters Of King Loegaire Mac Neill, In A Tripartite Life of Patrick

Patrick Converts Two Daughters Of King Loegaire Mac Neill, In A Tripartite Life of Patrick

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1477

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 93

Item number: f.6r

Length: 28

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Called the "Tripartite Life of St Patrick", this manuscript tells the saint's life in the form of three homilies, each of which starts with a brief introduction. A scribe named Domnall Albanach O'Troighthigh, "of the house of O'Troighthigh in Baile of Moinin," wrote on the first page that he finished it on 29 July 1477. The O'Troighthigh are thought to have been based in County Clare, near Corcomroe. Domnall Albanach may have been copying another manuscript which in turn was a copy, now lost, made by a scribe at Cashel of the original compilation, which could date from as early as the 9th century or as late as the 11th, from sources that were earlier still. Comparisons between different copies spanning centuries attest to the fidelity of the scribes to the words of the book they copied.

Much of the 'Life' is made up of stories of St Patrick's conversions. On this page, he converts and baptises Ethne the Fair and Fedelm the Ruddy, daughters of a king, Loegaire son of Niall, in County Sligo. Their conversion is so perfect that they die so as to be in heaven. This gets Patrick in trouble again with the 'wizards,' but they prove no match for him.

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