English Penitential Discipline and Anglo-Saxon Law in Their Joint Influence

English Penitential Discipline and Anglo-Saxon Law in Their Joint Influence

English Penitential Discipline and Anglo-Saxon Law in Their Joint Influence

English Penitential Discipline and Anglo-Saxon Law in Their Joint Influence

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Several years ago, Professor James T. Shotwell, of Columbia University, suggested to the present writer the rich possibilities for research still remaining insufficiently developed in the Penitentials. Later studies in the Anglo-Saxon Laws and on the penitential system have led to the present work. Before undertaking the constructive interpretation and use of evidence from the Penitentials, however, it has been found necessary to include chapters which will serve to clarify the textual difficulties and relationships of these sources. The work originally included materials on addittional phases of penitential influence. But limits of space have eliminated this material which the author hopes to publish elsewhere.

He feels deeply indebted to Professor James T. Shotwell, a most kind friend and inspirer for many years, who first gave the present writer a vision of the religion of humanity and of truth in the callings of historical teacher and scholar. His helpful suggestions have greatly improved the general plan of the book. To Professor William W. Rockwell, of Union Theological Seminary, who has been chiefly in charge of this dissertation, the author owes many valuable suggestions. Professor Munroe Smith, of Columbia University, has read the portions on the Anglo-Saxon Laws, on which he has checked technical details. Miss Ruth Royd, sometime Professor of English in Hardin College, and Professor Austin P. Evans, of Columbia University, have read the manuscript and suggested helpful improvements in its style. The writer appreciates also the courteous and efficient assistance in . . .

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