Translation and collaboration in Renaissance Dublin
in Dublin
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One of the major undertakings of the seventeenth-century Church of Ireland is the translation into Irish, and the publication, of the whole Bible. This chapter examines the entangling of translation, poetry, autobiography and other literary genres in Dublin in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It discusses two translated works: Lodowick Bryskett's A discourse of civil life taken largely from the Italian of Giraldi Cinzio and the Bible in Irish, a good part of which was translated under the aegis of William Bedell. The New Testament had been in print since 1602, and Bedell's commissioning of a translation of the Psalms for the Chapel of Trinity occurred soon after his arrival as Provost in 1627. The chapter shows how closely translation is connected to the centres of government and power, whether in Dublin, London or Venice.


Renaissance city of literature


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