Category Archives: Penitential Literature

Penitential of Cummean

INCIPIT PROLOGUS DE MEDICINAE SALUTARIS ANIMORUM

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©  Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Bav. Pav. Lat. 485 /0208

Seventh-century Irish text, written by Cummean of Clonfert, who died in 662 according to the Annals of Ulster. The text has a prologue, 202 canons and an epilogue. 

Manuscripts:

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodl. 311 (2122) [s.X] (fol. 001r @ LUNA).

Vatican Library, Palat. Lat. 485 [s.IX, Lorsh], ff. 101r-107v. Bibliographic references.

Editions:

J. Zettinger, ‘Das Poenitentiale Cummeani’, Archiv für katholisches Kirchenrecht 82 (1902), pp. 5-1540.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 108-134.

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, p. 99-117.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 109-135.

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. 73, p.241.

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, p. 98-99.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), , The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p.5-7, 13-15, 17-19.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.67-68.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe( 1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 601, p.154.

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Studies:

Meens, Rob (2014), Penance in Medieval Europe, 600–1200 (Cambridge: CUP), p.57-61.

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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© St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek / Cod. Sang. 150

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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.

Preface of Gildas on Penance

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© BHF, Latin 3182, p.280.

INCIPT PRAEFATIO GILDAE DE POENITENTIA

Insular text, probably from the 6th century (27 canons), attributed to Gildas

Manuscripts:

Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 625 (576) [s. ix, northern France] ff. 52r-54v.

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Latin 3182Codex Bigotianus, [s.X, Brittany]. p. 280-281. Catalogue Information.

Editions:

F.W.H. Wasserschleben (1851), Die Bussordnungen der adendländischen Kirche. Halle: Verlag, p.105-108.

Schmitz, H.J. (ed.) (1858) Die Bussbücher und die Bussdisciplin der Kirche. Nach handschriftlichen Quellen dargestellt, Mainz [2nd ed., 2 vols., vol. 1], p.495-497.

Haddan, Arthur West and Stubbs, Willian (eds.) (1864), Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland (Oxford) Vol 1; p.113-115.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 60,62, 64.

Translations:

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 61,63, 65.

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. 175-178.

Commentaries:

James Kenney (1929), The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Vol.1 Ecclesiastical. Dublin: Four Courts Press, [1993, 2nd ed. and reprinted], p.239-240.

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, p. 174-175.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 3, 12-13.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.60-61.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe( 1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, A147, p.60.

Studies:

Frantzen, A.J. (1983) The Literature of Penance in Anglo-Saxon England, New Brunswick, p. 19.

Meens, Rob (2014), Penance in Medieval Europe, 600–1200, Cambridge: CUP, p. 40-43.

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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Excerpts from a Book of David

INCIPIUNT EXCERPTA QUEDAM DE LIBRO DAUIDIS

 

© BHF, Latin 3182, p.282.

Insular text, probably from the 6th century (16 canons). 

Manuscript:

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Latin 3182, Codex Bigotianus, [s.X, Brittany]. p. 282-283. Catalogue Information.

Editions:

F.W.H. Wasserschleben (1851), Die Bussordnungen der adendländischen Kirche. Halle: Verlag, p.101-102.

Schmitz, H.J. (ed.) (1858) Die Bussbücher und die Bussdisciplin der Kirche. Nach handschriftlichen Quellen dargestellt, Mainz [2nd ed., 2 vols., vol. 1], p.492-493.

Haddan, Arthur West and Stubbs, Willian (eds.) (1864), Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland (Oxford) Vol 1; p.118-120.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 70,72.

Translations:

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 71,73.

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. 172-174.

Commentaries:

James Kenney (1929), The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Vol.1 Ecclesiastical. Dublin: Four Courts Press, [1993, 2nd ed. and reprinted], p.239-240.

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, p. 172.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 3, 12-13.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.60-61.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe( 1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, A144, p.70.

Studies:

Frantzen, A.J. (1983) The Literature of Penance in Anglo-Saxon England, New Brunswick, p. 19.

Meens, Rob (2014), Penance in Medieval Europe, 600–1200, Cambridge: CUP, p. 40-43.

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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Synod of the Grove of Victory

INCIPT ALTERA SINODUS LUCI UICTORIE

© BHF, Latin 3182, p.282.

Insular text, probably from the 6th century (9 canons). 

Manuscript:

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Latin 3182, Codex Bigotianus, [s.X, Brittany]. p. 282. Catalogue Information.

Editions:

F.W.H. Wasserschleben (1851), Die Bussordnungen der adendländischen Kirche. Halle: Verlag, p.104.

Schmitz, H.J. (ed.) (1858) Die Bussbücher und die Bussdisciplin der Kirche. Nach handschriftlichen Quellen dargestellt, Mainz [2nd ed., 2 vols., vol. 1], p.494.

Haddan, Arthur West and Stubbs, Willian (eds.) (1864), Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland (Oxford) Vol 1; p.118.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 68.

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. 171-172.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 69.

Commentaries:

James Kenney (1929), The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Vol.1 Ecclesiastical. Dublin: Four Courts Press, [1993, 2nd ed. and reprinted], p.239-240.

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, p. 169-170.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 3, 12-13.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.60-61.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe( 1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, A145, p.68.

Studies:

Frantzen, A.J. (1983) The Literature of Penance in Anglo-Saxon England, New Brunswick, p. 19.

Meens, Rob (2014), Penance in Medieval Europe, 600–1200, Cambridge: CUP, p. 40-41.

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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Synod of North Britain

INCIPT NUNC SINODUS AQUILONALIS BRITANIAE

© BHF, Latin 3182, p.281.

Insular text, probably from the 6th century (5 canons). 

Manuscript:

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Latin 3182Codex Bigotianus, [s.X, Brittany]. p. 281-282. Catalogue Information.

Editions:

F.W.H. Wasserschleben (1851), Die Bussordnungen der adendländischen Kirche. Halle: Verlag, p.103.

Schmitz, H.J. (ed.) (1858) Die Bussbücher und die Bussdisciplin der Kirche. Nach handschriftlichen Quellen dargestellt, Mainz [2nd ed., 2 vols., vol. 1], p.493-494.

Haddan, Arthur West and Stubbs, Willian (eds.) (1864), Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland (Oxford) Vol 1; p.117.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 66.

Translations:

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 67.

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. 170-171.

Commentaries:

James Kenney (1929), The Sources for the Early History of Ireland: Vol.1 Ecclesiastical. Dublin: Four Courts Press, [1993, 2nd ed. and reprinted], p.239-240.

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, p. 169-170.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p. 3, 12-13.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.60-61.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe( 1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, A146, p.66.

Studies:

Frantzen, A.J. (1983) The Literature of Penance in Anglo-Saxon England, New Brunswick, p. 19.

Meens, Rob (2014), Penance in Medieval Europe, 600–1200, Cambridge: CUP, p. 40-41.

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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