The Psalter and Martyrology of Ricemarch

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 • Volume 1 of 2: Text, Notes, Indices •  9781870252300

First of 2 vols. Ricemarch or Rhygyfarch the Wise, son of Sulien or Sulgenius. His father was Bishop of St Davids in Wales in the years 1072-1078 and 1080-1085. Rhygyfarch himself was a teacher in the school of St Davids, actually sited at Llanbadarn Fawr. The so-called Ricemarch Psalter (including the martyrology), housed as Dublin, Trinity College MS 50, is dated by the editor to c. 1076-1081.

The Psalter is Jerome's translation from the Hebrew, and although the text is not reprinted in full in this edition, a collation is given against Domenico Vallarsi's edition, Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi stridonensis presbyteri operum tomus nonus, Antonio Berno & Giacomo Vallarsi, Verona, 1738, coll. 1159ff, and Paul Anton de Lagarde, Psalterium iuxta Hebraeos Hieronymi, Teubner, Leipzig, 1874.

The Martyrology is an abbreviated recension of the Hieronymian martyrology and is close to the redaction in the Codex Epternacensis. The poem 'The Lament of Ricemarch' is printed in an appendix taken from London, British Library, Cotton MS Faustina C.I, fol. 66. The whole edition is abundantly furnished with notes. See Kenney, n. 508; BCLL, nn. 31, 32, 123.

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