The twenty papers by Mario Esposito (1887-1975) reprinted here date from 1909 to 1961, and complete the collection of his Hiberno-Latin studies presented in the first two volumes of his papers, published in the Variorum Collected Studies Series in 1988 and 1990. The studies exemplify Esposito's assiduous work with manuscripts, as he laid the foundations of this field (and indeed seems to have given it its name) and revealed the vast extent and nature of the literature, as well as his concern over the proper identification of Irish authors and texts. These papers are preceded by bio-bibliographical studies of Esposito himself, and the publication of some surviving correspondence.
Contents: Preface; Mario Esposito (1887-1975) and the study of the Latin literature of Medieval Ireland, Michael M. Gorman; Mario Esposito: brève évocation de sa vie et de son Å“uvre, Hubert Silvestre; Ã‰tudes récentes de Mario Esposito, Ludwig Bieler; Analecta Varia, Part I; The Latin writers of Mediaeval Ireland; Notes on Mediaeval Hiberno-Latin and Hiberno-French literature; Analecta Varia, Part II; Some further notes on Mediaeval Hiberno-Latin and Hiberno-French literature; Miscellaneous notes on Medieval Latin literature; On the so-called Psalter of St Caimin; The so-called Psalter of St Columba; The Cathach of St Columba; Friar Malachy of Ireland; Notes on the Latin writings of St Patrick; An unpublished work by John Ireland; Bachiarius. Arator. Lathcen; The ancient Bobbio catalogue; Sur la Nauigatio sancti Brendani et sur ses versions italiennes; Notes on a Latin life of St Patrick; St Patrick’s Confessio and the Book of Armagh; The Patrician problem and a possible solution; The problem of the two Patricks; L’édition de la Nauigatio sancti Brendani; Indexes.
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