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Penitential text written in the 6th century by Finnian, a British cleric in Ireland.

Manuscript witnesses

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 3182 
Extracts = §§ 5-9, 18-21 (beginning). Includes Old Breton glosses. Related to BNF MS lat. 12021.
ff. 176‒177  
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 3182 
context:    rubric: Incipiunt judicia conpendia. De libro III   incl. Paenitentiale Vinniani   Incl. excerpts from the Paenitentiale Vinniani, §§ 5-9, 18-21 (beginning).
in section: p. 176–p. 177
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 12021/ff. 33-139 
Extracts = §§ 5-9, 18-21 (beginning), 23-24. Includes Old Breton glosses. Related to BNF MS lat. 3182.
ff. 134v‒135r  
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 150/4 
Breaks off at the end, in the middle of § 46.
pp. 365–377   
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 2233 
Excerpts embedded within the framework of Paenitentiale Uindobonense B.
ff. 1r–82  


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.
74–95 (text and translation); 3–4, 17 (notes, introduction)
[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, 502–509
[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.

Secondary sources (select)

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.
240–241 [id. 72.]