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|George, You might find this book useful: The
Medieval Handbooks of Penance: A Translation of the Principal Libri
Poenitentiales and Selections from Related Documents (Records of
Western Civ) by John T. McNeill and Helena M. Gamer (Hardcover - Oct 1990)|
As someone else stated (George the Less?), the sacrament of penance was in flux at the period of interest to you and the whole set of ideas about contrition, confession, absolution, etc. was in a bit of a muddle. The late 11th- and early 12th c's were periods nearly obsessed with Judas and his guilt - or not - because of the problems with nicolaitism and simony, rife at the time, and a target of the Gregorian Reform. The questions: was Judas ordained and did he receive the Lord's body at the Last Supper, were of astonishing importance to many theologians at the time. I mentioned previously the kerfuffle raised by Abelard's Ethics. That might be another good source (although earlier than your period) for information.
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