Global Positioning in Medieval Ireland: Narrative, Onomastics, Genealogy
Melia, Daniel F.
Paper given at 22nd Annual UC Celtic Studies Conference, at UCLA, March 16-19, (2000)
I am mainly going to be talking here about people writing things down. I hope that by doing so, however, I can get a little closer to being able to describe the circumstances under which medieval Irish vernacular secular narrative got into the shape in which we find it and why it persisted in the particular shape it did. I want to focus on some specific features of the text (and associated marginalia) of Táin Bó Cúailnge as found in the Book of the Dun Cow and the Yellow Book of Lecan (The so-called “recension one”) as well as some of The Book of Leinster (LL) [“recension 2] text. The features that interest me are those which display various kinds of scribal intervention and commentary, (some of which I have discussed in a series of papers on the origins of the marginal notation .r.).