Bibliography

Roy
Flechner

14 publications between 2004 and forthcoming indexed
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Flechner, Roy, The Hibernensis, volume 1: a study and edition, Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law, Washington, D. C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2019.
abstract:
The Hibernensis is the longest and most comprehensive canon-law text to have circulated in Carolingian Europe. Compiled in Ireland in the late seventh or early eighth century, it exerted a strong and long-lasting influence on the development of European canon law. The present edition offers—for the first time—a complete text of the Hibernensis combining the two main branches of its manuscript transmission. This is accompanied by an English translation and a commentary that is both historical and philological. The Hibernensis is an invaluable source for those interested in church history, the history of canon law, social-economic history, as well as intellectual history, and the history of the book.

Widely recognized as the single most important source for the history of the church in early medieval Ireland, the Hibernensis is also our best index for knowing what books were available in Ireland at the time of its compilation: it consists of excerpted material from the Bible, Church Fathers and doctors, hagiography, church histories, chronicles, wisdom texts, and insular normative material unattested elsewhere. This in addition to the staple sources of canonical collections, comprising the acta of church councils and papal letters. Altogether there are forty-two cited authors and 135 cited texts. But unlike previous canonical collections, the contents of the Hibernensis are not simply derivative: they have been modified and systematically organised, offering an important insight into the manner in which contemporary clerical scholars attempted to define, interpret, and codify law for the use of a growing Christian society.
Flechner, Roy, Saint Patrick retold: the legend and history of Ireland’s patron saint, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019.
Flechner, Roy, “A study and edition of the Collectio canonum Hibernensis”, unpublished PhD thesis: Oxford University, 2006.

Works edited

Flechner, Roy, and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (eds), The introduction of Christianity into the early medieval Insular world: converting the Isles I, CELAMA 19, Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming.
Flechner, Roy, and Sven Meeder (eds), The Irish in early medieval Europe: identity, culture and religion, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Contributions to journals

Flechner, Roy, “The problem of originality in early medieval canon law: legislating by means of contradictions in the Collectio Hibernensis”, Viator 43:2 (2012): 29–48.
abstract:
The sources for late antique and early medieval canon law collections consisted primarily of synodal acta and papal decretals. Although these collections fell short of addressing the growing legal requirements of expanding Christian communities, new sources could not be introduced without first securing their authority. The earliest collection to offer both new sources and new methods of legislation, was the late seventh- or early eighth-century Irish Hibernensis. It concludes with a book consisting entirely of novel sources, which highlights ostensible contradictions between canons. This book is the earliest recorded example of sic et non in the Latin West. The present article analyzes this book with the aim of establishing how the Hibernensis addressed the problem of innovation versus authority. My analysis evokes modern legal theory and explores the efficacy and limitations of drawing on theory as a means of shedding light on early medieval canon law material.
Flechner, Roy, “Aspects of the Breton transmission of the Hibernensis”, Pecia 12 (2008): 27–44.
Flechner, Roy, “Dagán, Columbanus, and the Gregorian mission”, Peritia 19 (2005): 65–90.
abstract:
An attempt to sketch the biography of Dagán, the Irish bishop who met the Gregorian missionaries in Kent, and to establish whether the Irish church concerned itself with the mission. Several categories of sources are considered: contemporary epistles (by Gregory, Columbanus, Lawrence), annals, canon law (Hibernensis, Synodus Patricii) liturgical material (Stowe Missal, martyrologies), hagiography (saints’ Lives and genealogies), saga (Bórama), and Bede’s HE.
Flechner, Roy, “The making of the Canons of Theodore”, Peritia 17–18 (2003–2004): 121–143.
Flechner, Roy, “Paschasius Radbertus and Bodleian Library, MS. Hatton 42”, The Bodleian Library Record 18:4 (2004): 411–421.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Flechner, Roy, and Sven Meeder, “Controversies and ethnic tensions”, in: Flechner, Roy, and Sven Meeder (eds), The Irish in early medieval Europe: identity, culture and religion, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 195–213.
Sections: Introduction; Columbanus as controversial figure; An Irish heretic; Ethnic tensions at St-Gall monastery; A theological controversy.
Flechner, Roy, “Patrick’s reasons for leaving Britain”, in: Edmonds, Fiona, and Paul Russell (eds.), Tome: studies in medieval Celtic history and law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, Studies in Celtic History 31, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2011. 125–133.
Flechner, Roy, “An Insular tradition of ecclesiastical law: fifth to eighth century”, in: Graham-Campbell, James, and Michael Ryan (eds.), Anglo-Saxon/Irish relations before the Vikings, Proceedings of the British Academy 157, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 23–46.
Flechner, Roy, “Libelli et commentarii aliorum: the Hibernensis and the Breton bishops”, in: Ritari, Katja, and Alexandra Bergholm (eds.), Approaches to religion and mythology in Celtic studies, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 100–119.