Peritia: journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland 4 (1985)
Medieval Academy of Ireland
Rev. by
Pierre-Yves Lambert, in ÉtC 25 (1988), pp. 373-375.
Picard (Jean-Michel): Structural patterns in early Hiberno-Latin hagiography.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 67–82.

Enright (Michael J.): Royal succession and abbatial prerogative in Adomnán’s Vita Columbae.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 83–103.
Studies the episodes concerning the ordination of Aidán mac Gabráin as overking of Dál Riata and the designation of his son Echaid Buide as his successor, arguing these are based on Biblical models and written for political purposes.

Lapidge (Michael): Columbanus and the ‘Antiphonary of Bangor’.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 104–116.
Studies the hymn Precamur patrem, and argues it was composed by Columbanus at Bangor between 569 and 590.

Sharpe (Richard): Latin and Irish words for ‘book-satchel’.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 152–156.
On OIr. tiag (< Lat. theca) and Hib.-Lat. scetha (< Late Lat. scheda).

MacDonald (A. D. S.): Iona’s style of government among the Picts and Scots: the toponymic evidence of Adomnán’s Life of Columba.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 174–186.
Examines the pattern of survival of the names given by Adomnán principally to Columban churches in Scotland and Ireland.

Nicholls (K. W.): The charter of John, Lord of Ireland, to the Cistercian abbey of Baltinglas.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 187–206.
Discusses and attempts to identify the Irish place names mentioned in the text of the charter (MS London, National Archives, C.66/189).

Baumgarten (Rolf): The kindred metaphors in Bechbretha and Coibnes usci thairidne.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 307–327.
On the use of the analogy of the four categories of kinship (gelḟine, derbḟine, íarfine, indḟine) applied to three cases of neighbourhood law: I. Bechbretha §§9-11, 18-22; II. Bechbretha §§12-13; III. Coibnes uisci thairidne §§1-3, 8. With linguistic discussion and English translation.

Appendix: ad D. A. Binchy, in Celtica 10 (1973), p. 80 §11 [Aithgabál bech].

O’Sullivan (William): Insular calligraphy: current state and problems.
In Peritia 4 (1985), pp. 346–349.
Review article of: The Irish hand: scribes and their manuscripts from the earliest times to the seventeenth century: with an exemplar of Irish scripts. Introduction by Francis John Byrne, by T. O’Neill (Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1984).