Beati immaculati in via: Sin and reconciliation among the céli Dé of Tallaght and Terryglass

Monge Allen, Exequiel
This dissertation researches the so-called céli Dé of the eighth and ninth centuries, in order to elucidate and reconstruct their beliefs on sin and reconciliation. Its contents are as follows: after a foreword that summarily presents the aims and layout of the thesis, it comes a chapter (I) devoted to the historiography of the so-called céli Dé and a reassessment of them (as not a movement but a series of separate monastic networks existing in different times, connected by moving people and texts, and then reimagined as a synchronic reality, a “union”). Then, chapter II lays out the theoretical framework, research question and methodology in detail. Chapters III through V investigate the ‘hamartiological rationales’ detected in the Tallaght-Terryglass Corpus (the Ascetic, the Contractual and the Ritual) through the application of the aforementioned research methodology. Chapter VI offers a brief summary of the findings and hypothesises how this threefold theory of sin and reconciliation could be harmonised in a cohesive whole. Finally, the appendixes contain editions of the Old Irish Penitential (1.1-4), The Monastery of Tallaght (2.1, 3-5) and the Rule of the céli Dé (2.1, 6-8). Each appendix includes a presentation of the text (manuscript tradition, dating, etc.), a semi-diplomatic edition, a full English translation, and endnotes. Furthermore, Appendix 2 contains full diplomatic transcriptions of the surviving fragmentary witnesses for The Monastery of Tallaght (at the end of 2.3) and a prosopography (2.2), presenting all the characters mentioned in the Tallaght Memoir.
NUI Galway
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