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International Vernacularisation, c. 1390 CE: The ‘Book of Ballymote’

From the book Medieval Multilingual Manuscripts

  • Máire Ní Mhaonaigh


The ‘Book of Ballymote’ is a late fourteenth-century manuscript written in Ireland and predominantly in the vernacular (the Irish language). In its focus on history, local, regional and global, it draws on and develops biblical and classical themes. It does so in a way that demonstrates how medieval Irish scholars moulded their own language to occupy this international cultural space. Their continued use of Latin in specific contexts underlies their creativity and skill.

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