1st Edition

Medieval English Benedictine Liturgy
Studies in the Formation, Structure, and Content of the Monastic Votive Office, c. 950-1540

ISBN 9780367192839
Published July 11, 2019 by Routledge
426 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1993, Medieval English Benedictine Liturgy is a detailed study of the liturgical use of medieval monasteries in England, spanning 500 years. The study examines the major votive observances that came to fruition in the twelfth century and later and argues that these important practices affected earlier monastic observances. The book’s emphasis on Anglo-Saxon liturgy provides a bridge between the practices of the English Benedictines before and after the Conquest. The book also traces the chronological progress of three individual observances and extends where possible into the sixteenth century. The book argues that, at a broader level, while liturgy has been recognized as an indispensable part of the study of the context and use of medieval chant and polyphony.

Table of Contents



Note on Citation and Abbreviations


Part I: The Formation of Votive Observance in English Monasteries Before the Norman Conquest

1. St Benedict’s Opus Dei: The Basis for Later Votive Observance

2. The Place of Votive Observance in the First English Benedictine Communities

Part II: Three Case Studies Taken from Later Medieval Practice

3. The Daily Votive Office

4. The Commemorative Office

5. The Votive Antiphon


Descriptive Catalogue


I: Transcription of Magnificant Antiphonrs for the Little Office of the Virgin from Pentecost to the Nativity of the Virgin in the Worcester Antiphoner

II: Tanscription of Melodic Variants in Salve Regina in Eight Medieval Sources



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