Bibliography — Classification Index

K 2.3.1: Christianity: Hagiography and hagiology: Others: Brigit

Kilpatrick (Kelly A.): Place-names in a hagiograpic tradition of St. Brigit of Kildare: analysis of Vita prima and Bethu Brigte.
In Ainm 11 (2012), pp. 1–45.
Howlett (David): Vita I sanctae Brigitae.
In Peritia 12 (1998), pp. 1–23.
Analyses the language and style of this Vita (based on MS Additional 34124), arguing in favour of its precedence over Vita II and its authorship by Ailerán of Clonard.
Connolly (Seán), Picard (J.-M.): Cogitosus’s Life of Saint Brigit: content and value.
In JRSAI 117 (1987), pp. 5–27.
Discussion and English translation.
Connolly (Seán): Vita prima Sanctae Brigitae: background and historical value.
In JRSAI 119 (1989), pp. 5–49.
Discussion and English translation.
Ó Catháin (Séamas): Hearth-prayers and other traditions of Brigit: Celtic goddess and holy woman.
In JRSAI 122 (1992), pp. 12–34.
Young (Simon): Donatus, bishop of Fiesole 829-76, and the cult of St. Brigit in Italy.
In CMCS 35 (Summer, 1998), pp. 13–26.
Donatus Scottus, author of the Vita metrica Sanctae Brigidae (without edition or translation).
Bowman (Marion): Arthur and Bridget in Avalon: Celtic myth, vernacular religion and contemporary spirituality in Glastonbury.
In Fabula 48/1-2 (2007), pp. 16–32.
Johnson (Máire): The Vita I S. Brigitae and De duodecim abusiuis saeculi.
In SCF 9 (2012), pp. 22–35.
Butler (Hubert): St. Brigid and the Breac-folk.
In Decies 31 (Spring, 1986), pp. 26–30.
Bowen (E. G.): The cult of St. Brigit.
In StC 8–9 (1973–1974), pp. 33–47.
Analyses its distribution in the Celtic countries.
McCone (Kim): Beatha mheadarach Bhríde.
In LCC 15 (1985), pp. 34–60.
Dawson (Elizabeth): Brigit and Patrick in Vita prima sanctae Brigitae: veneration and jurisdiction.
In Peritia 28 (2017), pp. 35–50.
Lawrence (Lisa): Pagan imagery in the early lives of Brigit: a transformation from goddess to saint?
In PHCC 16/17 (2003), pp. 39–54.
Edmonds (Fiona): Saints’ cults and Gaelic-Scandinavian influence around the Cumberland coast and north of the Solway Firth.
In Celtic-Norse relationships (2014), pp. 39–63.
Discusses the transmission of Irish saints’ cults to the Solway region during the Viking age, examining the development of the cults of Brigit and Sanctán as case studies.
Ní Mheara (Róisín): Sancta Brigida abroad: a tale of two cities.
In SAM 18/1 (1999–2000), pp. 49–65.
Walz (Dorothea): “Unter dem König kracht der Wagen” : die ‘erste’ lateinische Vita der heiligen Brigit von Kildare.
In Irische Mönche in Süddeutschland (2009), pp. 49–112.
German transl.
Bray (Dorothy Ann): Ireland’s other apostle: Cogitosus’ St. Brigit.
In CMCS 59 (Summer, 2010), pp. 55–70.
Kissane (D. N.): Uita Metrica Sanctae Brigidae: a critical edition with introduction, commentary and indexes.
In PRIA-C 77 (1977), pp. 57–192.
Connolly (Seán): The authorship and manuscript tradition of Vita I sanctae Brigitae.
In Manuscripta 16/2 (Jun., 1972), pp. 67–82.
Berschin (Walter): Radegundis and Brigit.
In Studies in Irish hagiography (2001), pp. 72–76.
Vita S. Radegundis by Venantius Fortunatus is compared to Vita secunda S. Brigidae by Cogitosus.
Howlett (David): The Brigitine hymn Xpistus in nostra insula.
In Peritia 12 (1998), pp. 79–86.
Xpistus in nostra insula que uocatur Hibernia, edited from TCD E 4. 2, UCD-OFM A 2 and Palatinus latinus 482; with English translation.
Sharpe (Richard): Vitae S. Brigitae: the oldest texts.
In Peritia 1 (1982), pp. 81–106.
Argues that Vita II Brigitae of Cogitosus (otherwise known as Toimtenach) derived directly from Vita I, and that both ultimately depended on the Latin original underlying Bethu Brigte.
Krajewski (Elizabeth M. G.): Kildare and the kingdom of God: a new reading of Cogitosus’ Vita sanctae Brigitae.
In Peritia 28 (2017), pp. 91–112.
Swift (Catherine): Brigit, Patrick, and the kings of Kildare, A.D. 640-850.
In Kildare history and society (2006), pp. 97–128.
On the patronage of Brigit’s monastic settlement and dynastic politics in early Leinster.
de Buitléir (Órlait): Bunús agus forbairt beatha Mheán-Ghaeilge Bhríde.
In LCC 15 (1985), pp. 98–114.
Bray (Dorothy Ann): Saint Brigit and the fire from Heaven.
In ÉtC 29 (1992), pp. 105–113.
McCone (Kim): Brigit in the seventh century: a saint with three lives?
In Peritia 1 (1982), pp. 107–145.
Incl. analysis of textual relationships between Bethu Brigte, Vita I and Vita II Brigitae.
Ó Briain (Felim), Mac Donncha (Frederic) (ed.): Brigitana.
In ZCP 36 (1978), pp. 112–137.
Studies the structure and interdependence of the different versions of the Life of St. Brigit. Sections: 1. The relation of Broccán’s Hymn to the Vita Brigitae; 2. The priority of VA (Vita Anonyma) or VC (Vita Cogitosi)?; 3. The conflate nature of VA; 4. Sources of VA; 5. Literary borrowings by Cogitosus; 6. The identity of Cogitosus — The name Toimtenach.

(Ed. by F. M. D. from the unpublished work of F. Ó B.),.
Haarländer (Stephanie): Innumerabiles populi de utroque sexu confluentes […]: Klöster für Männer un Frauen im frühmittelalterlichen Irland.
MacQuarrie (Charles W.): Insular Celtic tattooing: history, myth, and metaphor.
In ÉtC 33 (1997), pp. 159–189.
Discusses the phrases signa diabolica and stigmatibus malignis occurring in Vita prima Sanctae Brigitae, as well as other references to tattoos in early Irish literature.
Maney (Laurance J.): When Brigit met Patrick.
In PHCC 14 (1997), pp. 175–194.
Simmons (Victoria): Saint Brigit and the modular eye.
In SC 3 (2004), pp. 181–205.
Ritari (Katja): The image of Brigit as a saint: reading the Latin lives.
In Peritia 21 (2010), pp. 191–207.
Zimmer (Stefan): Ex ore infantium: Hintergrund und Quelle eines Brigittenwunders.
In ZCP 61 (2014), pp. 201–222.
Argues that the miracle described in Vita prima §37 and Bethu Brigte §40 is modelled upon an anecdote in Gregory of Tours’ Historia Francorum 2,1.
Connolly (Seán): The power motif and the use of scripture in Cogitosus’ Vita Brigitæ.
In Aquitaine and Ireland in the Middle Ages (1995), pp. 207–220.
Bitel (Lisa M.): Body of a saint, story of a goddess: origins of the Brigidine tradition.
In Textual practice 16/2 (Summer, 2002), pp. 209–228.
Bray (Dorothy Ann): The image of St. Brigit in the early Irish church.
In ÉtC 24 (1987), pp. 209–215.
Examines the pagan elements in Brigit’s Life.
Baumgarten (Rolf): The ‘pig and vine gloss’ and the Lives of St. Brigit.
In Peritia 19 (2005), pp. 229–38.
Discusses glosses and commentaries on Psalm 79:13-14 with particular reference to Ml. 102a15, and points out the Psalm’s relevance to the argument favouring the priority of Vita I S. Brigitae over Vita II.
Ó Catháin (Séamas): The festival of Brigit the Holy Woman.
In Celtica 23 (1999), pp. 231–260.
Stresses aspects of human regeneration and reproduction associated with the Festival of Brigit.
Lambert (Pierre-Yves): À propos de l’origine celtique du culte de Notre-Dame de Chartres. Un parallèle irlandais.
In Monde médiéval et société chartraine (1997), pp. 239–256.
Analyses the figure of Brigit, with particular attention to the various pre-Christian traits, and examines the hypothesis of a pagan continuity at Notre-Dame de Chartres, for which the cult of Irish Brigit would offer the most relevant parallel.
Ó Súilleabháin (Seán C.): An Crios Bríde.
In Gold under the furze (1982), pp. 242–253.
McCarthy (Daniel): Topographical characteristics of the Vita prima and Vita Cogitosi sanctae Brigitae.
In StC 35 (2001), pp. 245–270.
Studies Cogitosus’ style and method of composition, and argues in favour of the priority of Vita I over Cogitosus’ Vita.
Young (Simon): Brigid of Kildare in early medieval Tuscany.
In StH 30 (1998–1999), pp. 251–255.
Ó Catháin (Séamus): Brigit and the seven bears: some Nordic-Celtic parallels.
Mc Carthy (Daniel): The chronology of St. Brigit of Kildare.
In Peritia 14 (2000), pp. 255–281.
Offers a critical, chronological and textual analysis of all annalistic entries on the life of St. Brigit of Kildare, and argues that Annals of Tigernach and Chronicon Scotorum preserve the oldest chronology presented originally in the Iona chronicle.
Connolly (Seán): Verbal usage in Vita prima Brigitae and Bethu Brigte.
In Peritia 1 (1982), pp. 268–272.
Examines a number of semantic and syntactic features of Latin verbs used in Vita I sanctae Brigitae and Bethu Brigte.
Connolly (Seán): Some palaeographical and linguistic features in early Lives of Brigit.
In Die Kirche im Frühmittelalter (1984), pp. 272–279.
Young (Simon): St. Brigit in a medieval Welsh poem.
In Peritia 15 (2001), p. 279.
Mytum (Harold): High status vessels in early historic Ireland: a reference in the Bethu Brigte.
In OJA 5/3 (1986), pp. 375–378.
On lestar (§30).
Ní Mheara (Róisín): Die heilige Brigid und ihr Kult im Salzburger Land.
In Virgil von Salzburg (1985), pp. 381–383.
Ó hAodha (Donncha): The early lives of Saint Brigit.
In JCKAS 15/4 (1974–1975), pp. 397–405.
Ó hAodha (Donncha) (ed.): Bethu Brigte / edited by Donncha Ó hAodha.
Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978. xxx + 91 pp.
Text (acephalous) from Rawlinson B 512 (§§14-16 include text of a parallel passage from Mícheál Ó Cléirigh’s Life of Brigit in Brussels 4190-200); followed by the Middle Irish appendix to the life (under the title Slicht sain in so budesta). With English translation, textual notes, linguistic notes, and indexes.

Rev. by
Johan Corthals, in ZCP 37 (1979), p. 308.
Pierre-Yves Lambert, in ÉtC 17 (1980), pp. 316-317.
Richard Sharpe, in Éigse 17/4 (Geimhreadh, 1977-1979), pp. 565-570.
Ó Catháin (Séamas): The festival of Brigit: Celtic Goddess and holy woman.
Blackrock, Co. Dublin: DBA, 1995. xii + 194 pp.
Rev. by
Mary Ann Constantine, in CMCS 32 (Winter, 1996), pp. 125-126.
Raymond Howell, in StC 31 (1997), p. 322.
Karl Reichl, in ZCP 52 (2001), pp. 300-302.
Jacqueline Simpson, in Béaloideas 66 (1998), pp. 282-284.