Letter from Aldhelm to Cellán

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Letter from Aldhelm in reply to Cellán (Lat. Cellanus), abbot of Perrona, Neustria (modern Péronne, Picardy). The form in which the text survives is as a quotation in Book V of William of Malmesbury's Gesta pontificum Anglorum, along with Cellán's letter.
Addressee: Cellán of Péronne
Cellán of Péronne
(d. 706)
Irish churchman, fourth abbot of St Fursa’s foundation in Péronne, Neustria, in what became Picardy, France. From William of Malmesbury, he is known to have corresponded with Aldhelm. He has been identified as the author of a number of Latin  poems. The Lorsch annals give his obit under 706.

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(d. 709)
abbot of Malmesbury and later, bishop of Sherborne; known as an author of a number of elaborate Latin tracts in prose and in verse

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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi, 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
Dmgh.de: <link>
499 [id. 10. ‘ad Cellanum’]
[tr.] Herren, Michael, “Letters”, in: Michael Lapidge, and Michael Herren, Aldhelm: the prose works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979..
[ed.] [tr.] Winterbottom, Michael, and Rodney M. Thomson, Gesta pontificum Anglorum: The history of the English bishops, 2 vols, vol. 1: Text and translation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
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