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A Poem In Irish On The Three Magi, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

A Poem In Irish On The Three Magi, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1138

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1802

Item number: f.5v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although the main text is in Latin, there are a series of added notes in Irish at the end of each Gospel which provide the scribe's name: Mael Brigte Ua Mael Uanaig; his age: 28; the fact that he was writing in Armagh; and the date of completion: 1138. In the 13th century further academic notes were added, which suggest that the book was used for study in the new university of Paris. The text in the top left corner of this page is a poem in Irish on the Three Magi, concerning their names, appearance, dress, and gifts; it begins 'Aurilius humilis ard . . .'

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