And it is well to remember that the bulk of the restrictions on priests
and monks did not come into effect until the 12th century, when the concept
of celibacy was introduced in the RC.
Better to look at Isidore of Seville, for instance, although I don't know
the bulk of his work well enough to know if his "Etymolargium" (sp?) dealt
with legal matters. His work was well-known in Ireland if we may trust the
Annals at all, at all. He preceded the Penitentials and was not
prescriptive, but rather encyclopedic. I know his work on music better than
any other part.