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Launch of Neo Latin 17th-century epic - 16/02/2018

The audience that gathered last night for the launch of the 17th-century Latin epic Poema de Hibernia reflected the dual appeal of this manuscript source. One of the few complete Latin epics from the early modern period for Ireland, the interest in this source has been broadened by the scholarly translation of the text provided by Keith Sidwell. Pictured right are Keith Sidwell (joint editor), John McCafferty (IMC chairman), Anna Chahoud (Professor of Classics at TCD), Pádraig Lenihan (joint editor) and Harman Murtagh (Visiting Fellow at Athlone Institute of Technology).

Commenting on the Latin text, Professor Chahoud said how the author would have chosen the epic form as a prestigious way to communicate his view of contemporary subjects. She added that the editors had done justice to the Neo Latin text and provided a wonderfully readable translation. Analysing the translation further, Dr Murtagh said that this edition was a worthy addition to the Jacobite sources already published by IMC. He continued that while the author was clearly classically educated and outward looking, it was quite clear that he was deeply saddened by events which had happened. He concluded by saying that the text was a very fluent one and the notes provided by the editors were a superb resource for anyone reading the text, which he commended to the audience.

Dr Padraig Lenihan thanked the launchers, but also James McGuire, former chairman of IMC, for his meticulous work in copyediting the edition for publication. Professor Keith Sidwell concluded proceedings by reading a passage from the Latin text which captured the author’s sadness at watching the departing armies leaving for France.

This text is available for purchase here.


Search Early Modern correspondence online - 31/01/2018
Why not search the Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) database - it can be accessed here. The 2015 IMC edition of the Ussher correspondence edited by Dr Elizabethanne Boran is currently one of the featured catalogues along with those for the correspondence of Juan Luis Vives and Baruch Spinoza.


Poema de Hibernia publication - 30/01/2018
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Poema de Hibernia, edited by Pádraig Lenihan and Keith Sidwell.

This contemporaneous poem provides a detailed account of the Williamite war in Ireland from the perspective of the losers. It exists in only one manuscript (Gilbert MS 141), along with a late nineteenth-century copy (Gilbert MS 142). Written in Latin the text has never been published in its entirety. We are enormously grateful to Dublin City Library and Archives for making the manuscript available.

The Poema departs from the polarised perspectives of both the pro-Tyrconnell 'A light to the blind' and the anti-Tyrconnell bias of Charles O'Kelly's Macariae Excidium. It points to a middle ground among Jacobite factions in Ireland and at the same time touches on important episodes passed over by other contemporary accounts. This scholarly edition provides the entire Latin text and an expert English translation of a poem of great historical importance.


Ussher correspondence added to EMLO - 29/01/2018
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce that the metadata associated with Dr Elizabethanne Boran’s 2015 IMC edition of the Correspondence of James Ussher, 1600-1656 has been added to the Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) database. Created by the Cultures of Knowledge Project with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, EMLO is a combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence.

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