Penitential of Columbanus

PAENITENTIALE S. COLUMBANUS 

This text is attributed to Columbanus of Bangor and Bobbio (died in 615). It certainly emanates from his milieu and was written for his monastic foundations in Merovingian Gaul at the end of the sixth-century of beginning of the seventh. It has a short prologue and comprises of 42 canons divided into 5 sessions. 

Manuscripts:

Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale, G. VII. 16 [s.IX, Bobbio], ff. 62r-70v.

Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale, G. V. 38 [s.IX-X, Bobbio], ff. 125r-130v.

Editions:

F.W.H. Wasserschleben (1851), Die Bussordnungen der adendländischen Kirche. Halle: Verlag, pp.353-361.

Schmitz, H.J. (ed.) (1858) Die Bussbücher und die Bussdisciplin der Kirche. Nach handschriftlichen Quellen dargestellt, Mainz [2nd ed., 2 vols., vol. 1], pp.588-601.

J. Laporte (1959), Le pénitentiel de Saint Columban (Tournai).

G.S.M. Walker (1957), Sancti Columbani Opera, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae II, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 168-180.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 96-106.

Translations:

John T. McNeill and Helena M. Gamer (1938), Medieval handbooks of penance: a translation of the principal “libri poenitentiales” and selections from related documents, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 250-257.

G.S.M. Walker (1957), Sancti Columbani Opera, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae II, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 169-181.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 97-107.

Commentaries:

James Kenney (1929), The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Vol.1 Ecclesiastical. Dublin: Four Courts Press, [1993, 2nd ed. and reprinted], no. 46, pp. 199-200.

John T. McNeill and Helena M. Gamer (1938), Medieval handbooks of penance: a translation of the principal “libri poenitentiales” and selections from related documents, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 249-500.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), , The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp.5, 15, 16-17.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.66.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe (1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 640, p.167.

Studies:

Meens, Rob (2014), Penance in Medieval Europe, 600–1200 (Cambridge: CUP), pp. 52-57.

Farrell, Elaine C.S.P. (forthcoming in 2017), Taboos and Penitence: Christian Conversion in Early Medieval Ireland, Studia Traditionis Theologiae, Turnhout: Brepols.

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