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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings$
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James Graham-Campbell and Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264508

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.001.0001

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An Insular Tradition of Ecclesiastical Law: Fifth to Eighth Century

An Insular Tradition of Ecclesiastical Law: Fifth to Eighth Century

(p.23) 2 An Insular Tradition of Ecclesiastical Law: Fifth to Eighth Century
Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Roy Flechner

British Academy

This chapter examines the immediate background of the emergence of the highly influential insular canonical collections and investigates the way they relate to the earliest canonical texts compiled in Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England. It discusses the Irish collection of canons Collectio Canonum Hibernensis and the Canons of Theodore, and explores how the compilers of canonical literature approached an age-old problem inherent to medieval canon law. The chapter also outlines the governing principles which characterised insular canonical thinking and shows that the Collectio Canonum Hibernensis was firmly grounded in an insular canonical tradition.

Keywords:   insular canonical collections, Ireland, Anglo-Saxon England, Collectio Canonum Hibernensis, Canons of Theodore, canonical literature, medieval canon law

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