The Canons of Edgar are a set of early eleventh-century ecclesiastical regulations produced in Anglo-Saxon England by Wulfstan, Archbishop of York.[1]

According to Fowler, the Canons of Edgar "was central in Wulfstan's programme of reform; it also demonstrates better than any other of his works the deliberateness with which he familiarized himself with the best canonical writings to provide a basis of accepted authority for this reforms."[2]


One version of the Canons — labelled version "D" — can be found in an eleventh-century manuscript, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge MS. 201, where it has been copied out by hand on pages 97 to 101.[3]

Editions and translations

  • Fowler, Roger (1972). Wulfstan's Canons of Edgar. London: Oxford University Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Translation: Andrew Rabin, The Political Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York (Manchester, 2015), pp. 85-100
  1. ^ Fowler 1972, p. v.
  2. ^ Fowler 1972, p. xlvi.
  3. ^ Fowler 1972, p. xi.