Letter from Aldhelm to Cellán

  • Anglo-Latin, Latin
  • prose
  • Anglo-Latin texts, Letter
Letter from Aldhelm in reply to Cellán (Lat. Cellanus), abbot of Perrona, Neustria (modern Péronne, Picardy). The form in which the text survives is as a quotation in Book V of William of Malmesbury's Gesta pontificum Anglorum, along with Cellán's letter.
Addressee: Cellán of PéronneCellán of Péronne
(d. 706)
Cellanus of Péronne
Irish churchman, fourth abbot of St Fursa’s foundation in Péronne, Neustria, in what became Picardy, France. From William of Malmesbury, he is known to have corresponded with Aldhelm. He has been identified as the author of a number of Latin  poems. The Lorsch annals give his obit under 706.
See more
(d. 709)
Ealdhelm of Sherborne
abbot of Malmesbury and later, bishop of Sherborne; known as an author of a number of elaborate Latin tracts in prose and in verse
See more
  • Anglo-Latin Latin
prose (primary)


Anglo-Latin texts


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.] Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
Dmgh.de: <link>
499 [id. 10. ‘ad Cellanum’]
[tr.] Herren, Michael, “Letters”, in: Lapidge, Michael, and Michael Herren, Aldhelm: the prose works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979.
[ed.] [tr.] Winterbottom, Michael, and Rodney M. Thomson, Gesta pontificum Anglorum: The history of the English bishops, 2 vols, vol. 1: Text and translation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Dennis Groenewegen