Κυριακή, 11 Μαρτίου 2018

From Ireland: Shrine of the ‘Stowe Missal’ c. 1030 AD, National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology in Dublin. The case holding books with the instructions on how to conduct the Mass is called a "cumdach." Old Irish pronunciation: ˈkuṽdax, which I believe sounds like ikueedach. The ch is at the back of the tongue. The accent is on the middle syllable. (I spent 45 minutes on this)

This shrine held an 8th Century mass-book for the monastery of Lorrha in County Tipperary. An inscription on the base requests prayers for the ‘King of Ireland’, Donough (dunna), son of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, and Queen Gormlaith (gorm-lee). Donough reigned for many years after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 but was never generally recognised as High King by the other Kings of Ireland.



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