Geoffrey Keating: Foras Feasa ar Eirinn (UCC Ms 92)
Keating, or Seathrún Céitinn, was a Catholic priest and historian of Anglo-Norman descent obtained a doctorate He Reims; an early treatise on sin, repentance and death, Trí bhior ghaoithe an bháis (1631), appears to draw on contemporary French works of pulpit oratory. Keating was renowned for this narrative history of Ireland, from the creation of the world to the Norman conquest in the late twelfth century. The work, which circulated widely in manuscript form, argues for a common Catholic identity shared by the Irish and the Old, or pre-Elizabeth, English. UCC Ms 92 is a late seventeenth century manuscript of Keating's Foras Feas ar Eirinn is in an unknown hand. (DIB; ODNB).