of King Edmund I, 939-946CE
King Edmund assembled a great
synod at London, during the holy Easter tide, as well of ecclesiastical as of
secular degree. There was Oda archbishop, and Wulfstan archbishop, and many
other bishops, meditating concerning the condition of their souls, and of those
who were subject to them.
This is the first: that
those holy orders who have to teach God's people by their life's example, hold
their chastity according to their degree, whichsoever it may be. If they do not
so, then are they worthy of that which in the canon is ordained; that is, that
they forfeit their worldly possessions and a consecrated burial-place, unless
they make bot.
A tithe we enjoin to every
Christian man by his Christendom and churchscot, and Rome-feoh, and
plough-alms. And if any one will not do so, let him be excommunicated.
If any one shed a Christian
man's blood, let him not come into the king's presence, ere he go to penance,
as the bishop may teach him, and his confessor direct him.
He who commits
fornication with a nun, let him not be worthy of a consecrated burial place
(unless he make bot), any more than a manslayer. We have ordained the same
We have also ordained:
that every bishop repair the house of God in his own [district], and also
remind the king that all God's churches be well conditioned as is very needful
swear falsely and work lyblac, let them be forever cast out of all commission
with God, unless they turn to right repentence.