Reflecting the range of their honorand's interests, the essays in Ritual, Text and Law provide a stimulating and panoramic exploration of the interrelated fields of liturgy and canon law in the Middle Ages, chiefly through the scrutiny of texts and their transmission. Roger Reynolds' scholarly work has not only considered the relations between law and liturgy, but has also focused on liturgical practice and the evolution of rituals, paleography and the often complicated relationships between canonical collections, in particular the southern Italian Collection in Five Books. Due in large part to Reynolds' research, the fields of medieval canon law and liturgy are now recognized as fundamental elements of medieval religious and intellectual history that shed light on medieval Christian belief and practice. The studies are grouped thematically under the headings of 'Ritual' and 'Text and Law'. Each section has an introduction by the editors, in which they survey recent developments in the study of medieval canon law and liturgy with reference to Reynolds's own research, provide historical context for the individual studies, and draw attention to the ways in which the studies reflect current concerns. Individually, the contributors offer new viewpoints on key issues and questions relating to medieval religious, cultural and intellectual history, particularly of the period c.900-1200, and especially the Italian peninsula. Collectively they illuminate the interaction of medieval Christianity and its rituals, as well as the relationship of the secular and the sacred as transmitted in liturgico-canonical texts from the time of the early church to the 14th century.
Contents: Preface; Part I Ritual: Introduction, Richard F. Gyug; L'Ange de paix, Paul De Clerck; Priester bei der Prüfung: ein westgotischer Ordo in susceptione presbiterorum in süditalienischer Überlieferung, Herbert Schneider; Le v tal et le sacr l'hysope dans le rite de la d cace de l' ise, Eric Palazzo; Necrological evidence of the place and permanence of the subdiaconate, Charles Hilken; Questions on ordination, the mass, and the office in Guerric of Saint-Quentin's Quaestiones de quolibet, Jonathan Black; From Durand of Mende to St Thomas More: lessons learned from medieval liturgy, Timothy M. Thibodeau; Latin and Italian prayers in a 16th-century Beneventan manuscript from Naples, Virginia Brown. Part II Text And Law: Introduction, Kathleen G. Cushing; The peregrinations of Canon 13 of the Council of Sardica, John St H. Gibaut; The anonymous early medieval homily in MS Copenhagen GKS 143, Giles Constable; 'Quod si se non emendent, excommunicentur': Rund um ein neues Exzerpt des Capitulare generale Kaiser Karls des Großen (802), Hubert Mordek; Creed commentary collections in Carolingian manuscripts, Susan Ann Keefe; Editions, manuscripts and readers in some pre-Gratian collections, Martin Brett; Anselm of Lucca and Burchard of Worms: re-thinking the sources of Anselm 11, De Penitentia, Kathleen G. Cushing; The list of authorities in the illustrations of the collection in five books (MS Vat. lat. 1339), Richard F. Gyug; Die Quellen der mittelitalienischen Kanonessamlung in sieben Büchern (MS Vat. lat. 1346), Peter Landau; The version of the Collectio Caesaraugustana in Barcelona, Archivo de la Corona de Aragón, MS San Cugat 63, Linda Fowler-Magerl; Cardinal Deusdedit's Collectio canonum at Benevento, Robert Somerville; The collection of St. Victor (= V), Paris: liturgy, canon law, and polemical literature, Uta-Renate Blumenthal. Principal publications: Roger E. Reynolds; Index.