Synodus Aquilonalis Britanniae ‘Synod of North Britain’

  • Latin
  • prose
Early Insular ecclesiastical text consisting of 5 canons.
pp. 281–282
rubric: ‘Incipit nunc Sinodus Aquilonalis Britanniae’
  • Latin
6th century?
prose (primary)





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.] [tr.] Bieler, Ludwig [ed.], and D. A. Binchy [appendix], The Irish penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1963.
66–67 (text and translation); 12–13 (introduction)
[ed.] Haddan, A. W., and W. Stubbs, Councils and ecclesiastical documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland, 3 vols, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1869.
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[ed.] Schmitz, Hermann Joseph, Die Bussbücher und die Bussdisciplin der Kirche: nach handschriftlichen Quellen dargestellt, 2 vols, Mainz: Franz Kirchheim, 1883–1898.  
Reprint: Graz: Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, 1958.
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Vol. 1, 493–494
[ed.] Wasserschleben, F. W. H., Die Bussordnungen der abendländischen Kirche: nebst einer rechtsgeschichtlichen Einleitung, Halle: Ch. Graeger, 1851.
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[tr.] 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.
170–171 (translation); 169–170 (introduction)

Secondary sources (select)

Meens, Rob [Meens, R. M. J.], Penance in medieval Europe, 600–1200, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications, 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
66 [id. 146.]
Vogel, Cyrille, Les Libri paenitentiales, Typologie des sources du moyen Âge occidental, 27, Turnhout: Brepols, 1978.
Kenney, James F., “Chapter III: The Irish church in the ‘Celtic’ period”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 156–287.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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