venerdì 9 ottobre 2009


The Liturgy in Medieval England
by Richard W. Pfaff
622 pages
Published September 2009

This is the first comprehensive historical treatment of the Latin liturgy in medieval England. Richard Pfaff constructs a history of the worship carried out in churches - cathedral, monastic, or parish - primarily through the surviving manuscripts of service books, and sets this within the context of the wider political, ecclesiastical, and cultural history of the period. The main focus is on the mass and daily office, treated both chronologically and by type, the liturgies of each religious order and each secular ‘use’ being studied individually. Furthermore, hagiographical and historiographical themes - respectively, which saints are prominent in a given witness and how the labors of scholars over the last century and a half have both furthered and, in some cases, impeded our understandings - are explored throughout. The book thus provides both a narrative account and a reference tool of permanent value.
1. Introduction; 2. Early Anglo-Saxon England: a partly traceable story; 3. Later Anglo-Saxon: liturgy for England; 4. The Norman conquest: cross fertilizations; 5. Monastic liturgy, 1100-1215; 6. Benedictine liturgy after 1215; 7. Other monastic orders; 8. The non-monastic religious orders: canons regular; 9. The non-monastic religious orders: friars; 10. Old Sarum: the beginnings of Sarum use; 11. New Sarum and the spread of Sarum use; 12. Exeter: the fullness of secular liturgy; 13. Southern England: final Sarum use; 14. Regional uses and local variety; 15. Towards the end of the story.


giovedì 11 dicembre 2008

Medieval York

Medieval York
A ‘lost’ medieval gild roll which yields important clues about the origins of the York Mystery Plays has been uncovered by experts at the University of York.
The 600-year-old roll belonging to the Pater Noster Gild (the Gild of the Lord’s Prayer) was among a collection of historical documents given to the University by Raymond Burton, but its true significance only came to light following detailed study by archivists at the Borthwick Institute.
For more than 100 years, the roll was thought to be lost until it was discovered among the documents purchased by Raymond Burton from a London antiquarian books dealer. It is the only Pater Noster Gild roll to survive. A transcript and commentary is published in the latest edition of Northern History.
The four-feet-long parchment roll - a record of the accounts of the Pater Noster Gild for 1399 to 1400 - is in remarkable condition, save for a number of minor water stains and some abrasion damage that has caused the disappearance of the ink in one
section. But Borthwick Institute conservator, Trevor Cooper, used UV light to decipher the imprint of the missing text.