Canons of Adomnán

INCIPIUNT CANONES ADOMNANI

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© BHF, Latin 3182, p. 164.

Irish text, probably from the late 7th or early 8th century (20 canons).

Attributed to: Adomnán Mac Rónain (c. 624–704) the ninth abbot of Iona (679–704) and biographer of Colum Cille, Iona’s founding saint. 

Manuscripts:

Orléans, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 221 (193), [s. viii-ix, Fleury], p. 212 (beginning only).

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Hatton 42 part 1 (ff. 1r-142r) (4117) [s. ix] ff. 132v–133v.

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Latin 3182, Codex Bigotianus, [s. x, Brittany]. p. 164 (beginning only), p. 173-175 (complete text), p. 283 (end only). Catalogue Information.

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Latin 12021, Sangermanensis 121, [s. x, Brittany]. ff. 132v-133v. Catalogue Information.

London, British Library, MS Cotton Otho E, [s. xiii], ff. 141v-135r.

Dublin, Marsh’s Library, MS Z 3.1.14

Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 625 (576) [s. ix] f. 54v (end only).

Editions:

F.W.H. Wasserschleben (1851), Die Bussordnungen der adendländischen Kirche. Halle: Verlag, p.120-123.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 176-180.

Pádraig P. Ó Néill, and David N. Dumville (2003), Cáin Adomnáin and Canones Adomnani, Basic Texts in Gaelic History 2, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge.

Translations:

Ludwig Bieler (1963), The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, pp. 161, 163.

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. 131-134.

Pádraig P. Ó Néill, and David N. Dumville (2003), Cáin Adomnáin and Canones Adomnani, Basic Texts in Gaelic History 2, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge.

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. 80, p.245.

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. 130-131.

Ludwig Bieler (1963), , The Irish Penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae V, Dublin: DIAS, p.9, 12-14, 22-26.

Cyrille Vogel (1978), Les “Libri Paenitentiales”, Typologie des Sources du Moyen Âge Occidental, Turnhout: Brepols, p.64.

Michael Lapidge and Richard Sharpe( 1985), A Bibliography of Celtic-Latin Literature 400-1200, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, B609, p.176.

CODECS – Online database and e-resources FOR CELTIC STUDIES 

Studies:

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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