1851 – Charles Plummer, Irish language scholar and editor of Lives of the Irish Saints, is born.

Charles Plummer (24 January 1851 – September 1927), Irish language scholar and editor of Lives of the Irish Saints, is born. He is best known for editing Sir John Fortescue’s The Governance of England, and for coining the term ‘bastard feudalism’. He is the best-known editor of Bede, and also edited numerous Irish and Hiberno-Latin texts, including the two volume Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (1910), a modern companion volume to which is Richard Sharpe’s Medieval Irish saints’ lives: an introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (Oxford, Clarendon 1991). Plummer delivered the Ford Lectures at Oxford University in 1901.

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