Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old English Canons of Theodore

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Old English Canons of Theodore

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The Old English Canons of Theodore, ed. R. D. Fulk and Stefan Jurasinski, EETS, ss 25 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). lxxii + 102 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-966818-2. $75.00. Penitentials, also called handbooks of penance, were used in hearing private confession. The Anglo-Saxon penitentials derived from a seventh-century Latin tradition and, by the tenth century, had acquired distinctive features associated with Anglo-Saxon ecclesiastical practice. The Canons of Theodore, one of four vernacular penitentials, has been newly edited by R. D. Fulk and Stefan Jurasinski and is perhaps the earliest witness to this development The edition replaces that of F. J. Mone, published 1830. The other vernacular handbooks were edited by Josef Raith (1933), Robert Spindler (1934), and Roger Fowler (1965). Given those publication dates, one might commend Fulk and Jurasinski for filling a gap. But in truth the last is now first, and it is the other penitentials that need to be edited with the completeness now achieved for the Canons of Theodore. The corpus of vernacular penitentials has been available both in Old English and in translation at http://wwwAnglo-Saxon. …

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