The Journal of Ecclesiastical History


The Canterbury Edition of the Answers of Pope Gregory I to St. Augustine1

Margaret Deaneslya1 and Paul Grosjeana2

a1 Professor Emeritus, University of London

a2 Bollandiste

During the war, many learned books published on the continent missed notice in England, among them one which advanced the study of the Responsiones supposedly sent by pope Gregory I in answer to the queries of St. Augustine: Responsiones included by Bede in his Historia Ecclesiastica (i. xxvii). This unnoticed book, entitled Die Quellen zur Angelsachsenmission Gregors des Grossen: eine historiographische Studie, by Suso Brechter, Münster, 1941 (Beiträge zur Geschichte des altem Mönchtums und des Benediktinerordens, Heft 22), was not reviewed in the English Historical Review nor (so far as the present writers know) in other periodicals. There is no copy of it in the British Museum nor the Cambridge University Library, and, though the Bodleian has a copy, it was, up till August 1956, uncut.


1 For references made in this article, the following contractions are used:

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Anal. Boll. Analecta Bollandiana.

Esmein. A. Esmein, Le mariage en droit canonique, 1891.

E. & H. P. Ewald and L. M. Hartmann, Gregorii I Papae Registrum Epistolarum, 2 vols., in the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.

FL. P. Fournier et G. Le Bras, Histoire des collections canoniques en occident, 1931, etc.

HS. A. W. Haddan and W. Stubbs, Councils and Ecclesiastical Documents, 1869, etc.

Hefele-Leclercq. Histoire des Conciles, Paris, 1907, etc.

Hinsch. P. Hinschius, Decretales Pseudo-Isidorianae, 1863.

HE. Ven. Baedae Historiam Ecclesiasticam…denuo recognovit…C. Plummer, 1896.

Levison. W. Levison, England and the Continent in the eighth century, 1943.

Lowe. E. A. Lowe, Codices latini antiquiores, 1934, etc.

Mansi. Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, 1759, etc.

MG. J. T. McNeill and H. M. Gamer, Medieval Handbooks of Penance, 1938.

Schiaparelli. L., Il Codice 490 della Biblioteca Capitolare di Lucca (Studi e Testi, no. 36), 1924.

Tangl. M. Tangl, Die Briefe des heiligen Bonifatius und Lullus, 1916, in M.G.H.

Wass. F. W. H. Wasserschleben, Die Bussordnungen der abendlandischen Kirche, 1851.