This text is a rhyming version of the Constitutions of Clarendon from the French biography of St Thomas Becket by Guernes of Pont-Sainte-Maxence. The text survives in a single manuscript from the late twelfth century.

  • Emmanuel Wahlberg, ed., La Vie de saint Thomas le Martyr par Guernes de Pont-Sainte-Maxence. Poème historique du XIIe siècle (1172–1174) (Lund, 1922), pp. 81–86.


Other versions of this law


by Ian Short

The following is a prose translation of vv. 2391-2546 of Guernes de Pont-Sainte-Maxence’s Vie de Thomas Becket, composed between 1172 and 1174. The passage is a version of the Constitutions of Clarendon (1164) in Medieval French alexandrines, interspersed with authorial comment. It has been translated from Emmanuel Walberg’s edition in the “Classiques français
du Moyen Age” series, vol. 77 (Paris: Champion, 1936), pp. 74-78, the base
manuscript of which is MS Wolfenbüttel Herzog August Bibliothek Cod. Guelf. 34.6 Aug. 20, ff. 1-84v, dating from the end of the 12th century or start of the 13th. Cf. also the edition and annotated translation of Guernes’ poem by Jacques T.E. Thomas in the “Ktemata” series, vols. 15-16 (Louvain / Paris: Peeters, 2002).