Foras Feasa ar Éirinn: establishing a literary canon

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Title: Foras Feasa ar Éirinn: establishing a literary canon
Authors: Ní Úrdail, Meidhbhín
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Date: 2-Dec-2006
Online since: 2019-04-03T12:30:51Z
Abstract: Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn (FFÉ), or the ‘Basis of Knowledge about Ireland’, is an account of the history of Ireland which is divided into two books, the first detailing events from the beginning of time down to the coming of Christianity to Ireland, and the second continuing down to the twelfth-century Norman Invasion. There follows a collection of genealogies of major Irish families (both native and of Old English stock) as well as tables of synchronisms from the Flood to the early years of the seventeenth century. The original source has not survived nor do we have an exact date of compilation for the work, although internal textual evidence points to a terminus post quem of 1633: in that year Sir James Ware published Two histories of Ireland which included Edmund Spenser’s A view of the state of Ireland and Meredith Hanmer’s Chronicle of Ireland, two of a number of authors which Keating cites in the introduction to FFÉ. In addition, we may note that the work must have been completed by 1635 because the Tipperary scribe Michael Kearney embarked on an English translation of FFÉ in that year.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: National University of Ireland
Keywords: History of IrelandChristianityNorman InvasionForas Feasa ar ÉirinnGeoffrey Keating
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Breatnach, P.A., Breatnach, C., Ní Úrdail, M. (eds.). Léann lámhscríbhinní Lobháin: The Louvain manuscript heritage
Conference Details: One-Day Irish Studies Conference III, University College Dublin, Ireland, 2 December 2006
Appears in Collections:Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore Research Collection

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