Canones Adomnani

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A collection of 20 canons concerning the regulation of food. It is attributed to Adomnán.
Ascribed to: Adomnán
(fl. c.628–704)
Adomnán mac Rónáin was abbot of Iona (r. 679–704) and author of the Latin Life of St Columba and an account of the holy places of the Near East (De locis sanctis). He is credited with the proclamation of the Lex innocentium or Cáin Adomnáin at the Synod of Birr.

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p. 212
Beginning only.
ff. 141v–135r
beg. ‘Maritima animalia ad litora deleta’
Dublin, Marsh's Library, MS Z 3.1.14
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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.] [tr.] Ó Néill, Pádraig P., and David N. Dumville [eds. and trs.], Cáin Adomnáin and Canones Adomnani, Basic Texts in Gaelic History, 2, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2003.
[ed.] [tr.] Bieler, Ludwig [ed.], and D. A. Binchy [appendix], The Irish penitentials, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1963.
176–181 (text and translation); 9, 12–14, 22–26 (comments)
[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.
131–134 (translation); 130–131 (introduction)

Secondary sources (select)

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.
176 [id. 609.]
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.
245 [id. 80.]

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