Peritia: journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland 3 (1984): In memoriam Denis Bethell.
Medieval Academy of Ireland
Incl. frontispiece.
Bethell (Denis) (hon.)
Hillgarth (J. N.): Ireland and Spain in the seventh century.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 1–16.
Discusses transmission of works by Isidore of Seville, computistics and grammar.

Ó Cróinín (Dáibhí), Fanning (Thomas) (app. auth.): Rath Melsigi, Willibrord, and the earliest Echternach manuscripts.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 17–49.
Argues that the earliest Echternach codices were strongly influenced by Irish scribal tradition. Rath Melsigi (identified as Clonmelsh, Co. Carlow), mentioned by Bede, is suggested as training ground for Willibrord’s mission to Frisia. Uuictberct, an Anglo-Saxon scholar, is identified with Ichtbricht on the witness list of Cáin Adomnáin. Posits a reference to Druim Léas (Drumlease, Co. Leitrim) in the Calendar of Willibrord. Incl. app. ‘Some field monuments in the townlands of Clonmelsh and Garryhundon, Co. Carlow’, pp. 43-49 by Thomas Fanning. Cf. K. Murphy, in Peritia 8 (1994), p. 169.

Repr. in D. Ó Cróinín, Early Irish history and chronology, pp. 145-172.
Murphy (K.) (ref.)

Picard (Jean-Michel): Bede, Adomnán, and the writing of history.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 50–70.
Argues that the border between hagiography and history in the seventh and eighth centuries was not clearly defined.

Ní Chatháin (Próinséas): Bede’s ecclesiastical history in Irish.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 115–130.
Compares Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica with the Middle Irish version found in Laud Misc. 610.

McManus (Damian) (revr.): Linguarum diversitas: Latin and the vernaculars in early medieval Britain.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 151–188.
Review article of: Latin and the vernacular languages in early medieval Britain, ed. by Nicholas Brooks (Leicester: University Press, 1982). Incl. sections on: [1.] The behaviour of loanwords; [2.] The dating of loanwords; [3.] Intervocalic /b/ and /w/; [4.] Quality and quantity in the vowel systems.

Baumgarten (Rolf): The geographical orientation of Ireland in Isidore and Orosius.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 189–203.
On the origin of the description of the position of Ireland in the 11th c. ‘Míniugud’ recension of Lebor gabála Érenn (cf. R. Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Literaturdenkmälern, §15. Leabhar gabhála [Best2 1017]).

Rittmueller (Jean): Postscript to the Gospels of Máel Brigte.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 215–218.
ad J. Rittmueller, in Peritia 2 (1983), pp. 184-214, following consultation of MS Harley 1802.

Harrison (Kenneth): A letter from Rome to the Irish clergy, AD 640.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 222–229.
Discusses a letter quoted by Bede and the calculation of Easter.

Sharpe (Richard): Some problems concerning the organisation of the Church in early medieval Ireland.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 230–270.
Discusses ecclesiastical terminology (e.g. Lat. paruchia, familia, dominicus (> Ir. domnach), princeps, Ir. airchinnech, epscop tuaithe (cf. Lat. clericus plebis), etc.) and the impact of monasticism.

MacDonald (A. D. S.): Aspects of the monastery and monastic life in Adomnán’s Life of Columba.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 271–302.
Discussion of Adomnán’s terms for physical features of monasteries. [1.] The monastery (e.g. Lat. monasterium, cenubium, cella, cellula, ec(c)lesia); [2.] The church and cemetery (e.g. Lat. ec(c)lesia, oratorium, exedra (cf. ? Ir. airdam), cubiculum); [3.] The domestic buildings (e.g. Lat. monasterium, magna domus, domus, domucula, hospitium / hospitiolum, habitaculum, lectulus); [4.] The plate(ol)a monasterii; [5.] Desertum and peregrinatio (e.g. desertum (> OIr. dísert), herimum).

Doherty (Charles): The basilica in early Ireland.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 303–315.
Discusses use of terms Lat. basilica, dominicum and Ir. baislec/baislic , domnach in medieval Ireland.

Byrne (Francis John): A note on Trim and Sletty.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 316–319.
Discusses foundation legends of the churches of Trim and Sletty in the Book of Armagh.

Ó Riain (Pádraig): Samson alias San(c)tán?
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 320–323.
Discusses an Irish episode in Vita Sancti Samsonis.

Manning (Conleth): St Buite, Mellifont and Toberboice.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 324–325.
Locates an episode in Vita Sancti Boecii at Toberboice, near Drogheda.

Candon (Anthony): Ráith Bressail: a suggested identification.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 326–329.

Nicholls (K. W.): Towards a new Monasticon Hibernicum.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 330–333.
Corrections and additions to Medieval religious houses: Ireland, by A. Gwynn and R. N. Hadcock (London 1970) [BILL 7663].

Breatnach (Liam), Breen (Aidan), Ó Corráin (Donnchadh): The laws of the Irish.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 382–438.
Review article of: Corpus iuris Hibernici, ed. by D. A. Binchy (Dublin: DIAS, 1978). Discusses in particular the close relationship between vernacular and canon law. Section V includes text and English translation of Udhacht Athairne (CIH iii 1115.3-22) with commentary in section VI. Section VII includes a list of 134 Latin citations from canon law, scripture and other sources with identifications of 30 of these.

Breatnach (Liam): Canon law and secular law in early Ireland: the significance of Bretha nemed.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 439–459.
Discusses Bretha nemed, dated to between 721 and 742, composed in Munster by three kinsmen: Forannán (a bishop), Máel Tuile (a poet) and Báethgalach hua Búirecháin (a judge). Incl. ed. with transl. of six verses of a poem beg. Aimirgin Glungeal tuir teand by Gilla in Choimded Ua Cormaic from RIA MS D ii 1 (Bk of Uí Mhaine). Old Irish version of Collectio Canonum Hibernensis Book XLII, chaps 1-4, ed. with translation and notes from Cotton Nero A 7. Some discussion of rosc and ‘Archaic Irish’.

Brand (Paul A.): King, church and property: The enforcement of restrictions on alienations into mortmain in the Lordship of Ireland in the later middle ages.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 481–502.

Wright (Glenn T.): James F. Kenney (1884–1946).
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 517–534.

Nicholls (K. W.) (revr.): The land of the Leinstermen.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 535–558.
Review article of: Celtic Leinster: towards an historical geography of early Irish civilization, A. D. 500-1600, by Alfred P. Smyth (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982).

MacDonald (Aidan): Deirdre Flanagan.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 595–596.

Nicholls (K. W.), Ó Riain (Pádraig): Anne O’Sullivan.
In Peritia 3 (1984), pp. 597–598.