Great Deeds in Ireland
Richard Stanihurst’s De Rebus in Hibernia Gestis
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Cork University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Preface and Acknowledgements
This translation has its origins in the Neo-Latin seminar at University College Cork. It resulted from a meeting of John Barry, Hiram Morgan and Keith Sidwell over lunch in the Hayfield Manor Hotel in 1998 which identified the need for some sort of systematic approach to the many Latin texts written about Ireland and by Irishmen in the Renaissance...
Richard Stanihurst’s De Rebus in Hibernia Gestis was published in Leiden by the Plantin Press in 1584. It was the second history of Ireland to go into print, following as it did hard on the heels of the Irish history component of Raphael Holinshed’s The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (London, 1577). Stanihurst had been a major contributor to the latter but it...
Liber Primus / Book One
Frequently, brother Plunket, I am much grieved that while the farthest corners of the world become daily better known to mankind, Ireland alone generally remains almost hidden in dense obscurity, as if it had been concealed until now in Cimmerian darkness.6 For however carefully you study the works of scholars...
Liber Secundus / Book Two
I hung in doubt for a long time, brother Plunket, agonising over the question, whether it was more prudent and desirable to shun the recording of antiquity, or to write some commentaries on our affairs. To take flight from this whole genre, especially such as has some value for the praise and honour of our ancestors, seemed to me utterly reprehensible...
Liber Tertius / Book Three
IN the aftermath of these rash and senseless actions near Waterford, Richard Strongbow, following careful military preparations, set sail from the town of Milford. Having experienced good sailing weather, he put into the port of Waterford on the 24th of August.200 He had under his banner two hundred knights of the first rank and a thousand of lesser rank. These he had picked, choosing them with great care...
Liber Qvartvs / Book Four
Envy, however, the treacherous handmaiden of all famous deeds, could no longer keep the poison of her malevolence suppressed and restrained. For as soon as Hervey perceived that the name of Raymond was growing ever more famous, he almost burst a bloodvessel in his chagrin at the fortune and success of the man. He loosened all bonds of kinship...
Stanihurst’s Index / Errata
Privilegia / Privileges
Notes to Translation
Publication Year: 2013
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