Richard Archdekin

Life
1618-1693 [var. Arsdekin; also Mac Giolla Cuddy]; b. Kilkenny, 16 March; professor of Philosophy and Moral Theology at Louvain; his ecclesiastical works include A Treatise of Miracles, Together with New Miracles, and Benefits Obtained by the Sacred Reliques of S. Francis Xaverius Exposed in the Church of the Society of Jesus at Mechlin (Louvain 1667), in English and Latin, the first printed in bilingual edition; Life of St. Patrick (Louvain 1671); Controversiae Fidei went into 13 edns. between 1671 and 1718; later edns., under the title Theologia Tripartita Universa, included lives of Oliver Plunkett and Peter Talbot, with other material on Ireland; d. Antwerp 31 Aug. DIB RR DIW ODNB

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Works
A Treatise of Miracles Together with New Miracles and Benefits Obtained by the Sacred Reliques of S. Francis Xaverius, Exposed
[...] at Mechlin (Lovanii: Typis A. Bouveti 1667), 107pp., 8o.; Vitae et Miraculorum Sancti Patricii Hiberniae Apostoli Epitome. Cum brevi Notitia Hiberniae, & Prophetia S. Malachiae, etc. (Lovanii: Typis haered. B. Masii 1671), 74pp., 8o.

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Criticism
Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica, Irish Worthies (1821), Vol. I, p.19; Joseph Leerssen, Mere Irish & Fíor Ghael (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press 1986), p.299.

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References
Dictionary of National Biography
, entry's sources include Edward O’Reilly’s A Chronicle Account of Nearly 400 Irish Writers (1820), Walter Harris’s edition of Sir James Ware’s Writers of Ireland (1764), Thomas Watts’s Biographcial Dictionary and the Bibliothèque des Écrivains de la Compagnie de Jesus; gives details of the 13th edition of his major work with some discussion of his theological manner (‘methodical’) and its orthodoxy.

British Library holds [1] A Treatise of Miracles together with new miracles and benefits obtained by the sacred reliques of S. Francis Xaverius, exposed [...] at Mechlin. 107pp. Typis A. Bouveti: Lovanii, 1667. 8o. [2] Apparatus et praxis formae pro doctrina sacra in concione proponenda, etc. [3] Praecipuae controversiae fidei ad facilem methodum redactae, ac resolutiones theologicae ad omnia sacredotis munia, praesertim in missionibus, accommodatae, cum Apparatu ad doctrinam sacram; cui accessit Summa doctinae Christianae selectis exemplis elucidata, cum aliis tractatibus, etc. 510pp. Typis haered. B. Masii: Lovanii, 1671. 8o. [4] R.P. Richardi Arsdekin [...] Theologia tripartita universa [...] Post editionem octavam Antverpiensem, ab authore in singulis partibus plurimùm locupletatum [...] editio secunda in Germania Superiore, revisa & additis opinionibus ab Alexandro VIII. damnatis, aucta, etc.. 3 tom. Dilingae, 1694, 93. fol. [5] Theologia tripartita [...] Accedit apparatus novus ad doctrinam sacram; sive conciones per singulas anni dominicas & festa [...] Cum triplici indice [...] Editio septima & ultima, ab auctore recognita, & aliquot tractatibus auctior. 3 pt. Apud haeredes Joannis Weidenfeldt: Coloniae Agrippinae, 1702, 01. 8o. [6] Theologia tripartita universa [...] Editio octava, etc. Title Editionis octavae prima editio in Germania Superiore.. 3 tom. M. Conbbaert: Antverpiae, 1686. 4o.. 3 tom. J. C. Bencard: Dilingae, 1687. fol. [7] Vitae et miraculorum Sancti Patricii Hiberniae Apostoli epitome. Cum brevi notitia Hiberniae, & prophetia S. Malachiae, etc. [Another copy.]. 74pp. Typis haered. B. Masii: Lovanii, 1671. 8o.

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