In the next decade or two both conciliar acts and capitularies
spelled out the precise dimensions of the reform that was desired.
There must be serious doubts about the accuracy of the capitularies
' picture of Carolingian reality anywhere, but there can be no doubt that the Carolingian polity was never homogenous, not even at its core under Charles and Louis.
The citing of this scriptural justification for the practice of anointing the sick is commonplace in the capitularies
and priestly handbooks of the time, but whereas the scriptural reference is usually little more than a terse allusion (as at Briefe 3.9-10 and 111.9-10), AElfric's full translation of the verses from James in the letter to Wulfsige (1.87-9) has, so far as I can tell, no close parallel other than the similarly extensive quotation in Radulf's capitulum xiv (CCCC 265, p.
The introduction notes that Carolingian reform has been well studied through royal capitularies
and the acts of Church councils, with less attention given to the episcopal statutes of the same period.
Hamilton begins with prescriptive legal sources--canon law collections, conciliar decrees, episcopal sermons and capitularies
, and penitentials-which draw upon Carolingian models.