Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 3182 Collectio canonum Fiscannensis

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  • s. x/xi
  • Breton manuscripts, Breton manuscripts
  • vellum
lat. 3182
Collectio canonum Fiscannensis
Provenance and related aspects
s. x/xi
10/11th century (?)
Origin, provenance
Brittany. Provenance: Fécamp Abbey (Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp).
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand Maeloc [scribe]Maeloc ... scribe
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[dig. img.] Gallica: bibliothèque numérique, Online: Bibliothèque nationale de France, ...–present. URL: <>.
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Flechner, Roy, The Hibernensis, volume 1: a study and edition, Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law, Washington, D. C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2019.  
The Hibernensis is the longest and most comprehensive canon-law text to have circulated in Carolingian Europe. Compiled in Ireland in the late seventh or early eighth century, it exerted a strong and long-lasting influence on the development of European canon law. The present edition offers—for the first time—a complete text of the Hibernensis combining the two main branches of its manuscript transmission. This is accompanied by an English translation and a commentary that is both historical and philological. The Hibernensis is an invaluable source for those interested in church history, the history of canon law, social-economic history, as well as intellectual history, and the history of the book.

Widely recognized as the single most important source for the history of the church in early medieval Ireland, the Hibernensis is also our best index for knowing what books were available in Ireland at the time of its compilation: it consists of excerpted material from the Bible, Church Fathers and doctors, hagiography, church histories, chronicles, wisdom texts, and insular normative material unattested elsewhere. This in addition to the staple sources of canonical collections, comprising the acta of church councils and papal letters. Altogether there are forty-two cited authors and 135 cited texts. But unlike previous canonical collections, the contents of the Hibernensis are not simply derivative: they have been modified and systematically organised, offering an important insight into the manner in which contemporary clerical scholars attempted to define, interpret, and codify law for the use of a growing Christian society.
d'Alverny, M. T., Bibliothèque Nationale: catalogue général des manuscrits latins. Tome IV, nos 3014-3277, vol. 4, Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1958.
Gallica: <link>
304–317 direct link
McNeill, John T., and Helena M. Gamer, Medieval handbooks of penance; a translation of the principal libri poenitentiales and selections from related documents, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies, 29, New York: Columbia University Press, 1938.  
comments: Reprinted in 1965 and 1991.
Wasserschleben, Hermann [ed.], Die irische Kanonensammlung, 2nd ed., Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1885.
Internet Archive – earlier edition (1874): <link>
Maassen, Friedrich, Geschichte der Quellen und der Literatur des canonischen Rechts im Abendlande bis zum Ausgange des Mittelalters, Gratz, 1870. <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link>
965–967 (Epistola Hadriani papae ad Carolum Magnum regem), 973–981 (Auswahl von Stücken der irischen Sammlung)
Maassen, Friedrich, Bibliotheca Latina juris canonici manuscripta I: Die Canonensammlungen von Pseudoisidor, II. Frankreich, Vienna, 1867.
223–227 direct link
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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