Author Archives: Elizabeth Boyle

Sacrifice and Salvation in Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s Poetic Treatise on the Eucharist

‘Sacrifice and Salvation in Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s Poetic Treatise on the Eucharist’, in Envisioning Christ on the Cross: Ireland and the Early Medieval West, ed. J. Mullins, J. Ní Ghrádaigh & R. Hawtree (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), pp. 181-94 This essay discusses the use of the Passion narrative in Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s Middle Irish poetic […]

The Authorship and Transmission of De tribus habitaculis animae

‘The Authorship and Transmission of De tribus habitaculis animae’, Journal of Medieval Latin 22 (2012), 49-65 This study argues that Aubrey Gwynn’s attribution of the Latin treatise De tribus habitaculis animae to Patrick of Dublin (d. 1084) is not supported by the manuscript evidence or the early transmission of the text. It is argued that, in the […]

A Welsh Record of an Anglo-Saxon Political Mutilation

‘A Welsh Record of an Anglo-Saxon Political Mutilation’, Anglo-Saxon England 35 (2006), 245-9 A previously unidentified annal-entry in the Welsh chronicles Brut y Tywysogion and Brenhinedd y Saesson records the blinding of the sons of Ealdorman Ælfhelm as part of the ‘palace revolution’ of 1006. This article discusses how the Old English names Wulfheah and Ufegeat […]

Eschatological Justice in Scéla laí brátha

‘Eschatological Justice in Scéla laí brátha‘, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 59 (2010), 39-54 The Middle Irish homily ‘Scéla laí brátha’ explicates the ‘Eschatological Discourse’ of Matthew 25:34-45. This study argues that the homily’s understanding of the events of the eschaton is strongly influenced by Augustinian thought. The presentation of heaven as predominantly urban, with the elect portrayed […]

Neoplatonic Thought in Medieval Ireland: the Evidence of Scéla na esérgi

‘Neoplatonic Thought in Medieval Ireland: the Evidence of Scéla na esérgi’, Medium Ævum 78 (2009), 216-230. This study of the Middle Irish eschatological sermon ‘Scéla na esérgi’ argues that it uses Irish vocabulary, transposed or translated from Latin, to articulate a philosophy of the general resurrection of mankind which is derived from Christian Neoplatonism. This article won […]