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Studies on Medieval Liturgical and Legal Manuscripts from Spain and Southern Italy

1st Edition

By Roger E. Reynolds


330 pages

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Though it may not be immediately obvious why articles on topics from such distantly removed areas of western Europe - the Iberian peninsula and southern Italy - should appear in the same volume (the fourth collection by Roger Reynolds), the materials covered illustrate that they are indeed closely related, both in their differences and their similarities. Both peninsulas had their own indigenous liturgies and music (Old Spanish and Beneventan), distinctive written scripts (Visigothic and Beneventan), and legal and theological traditions, and repeatedly these worked their influence on other areas of western Europe. Although there were frequent attempts by the papacy and secular rulers from the 9th to the 13th century to suppress these distinctive traditions in both areas, elements of these nonetheless survived well into the 16th century and beyond. Despite the differences in these traditions, the articles in this volume also demonstrate through manuscript evidence the continued exchange of the distinctive customs between the Iberian peninsula and southern Italian cultures from the very early Middle Ages through the 12th century.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Visigothica: The 'Isidorian' Epistula ad Massonam on lapsed clerics: notes on its early manuscript and textual transmission; The Visigothic liturgy in the realm of Charlemagne; Baptismal rite and Paschal vigil in transition in medieval Spain: a new text in Visigothic script; Visigothic-script remains of a Pandect Bible and the Collectio Canonum Hispana in Lucca; A Visigothic-script folio of a Carolingian collection of canon law; Utrecht fragments in Visigothic script; An early rule for Canons Regular from Santa Maria de l'Estany. Part II Beneventana: Monumenta liturgica Beneventana: new directions; The liturgy in Rome in the 11th century: past research and future opportunities; A homily in Beneventan script on the sacred orders, canonical hours, and clerical vestments (Vat. Borghese 186); Corpus Christi in Agnone; Canonistica Beneventana; The transmission of the Collectio Canonum Hibernensis in Italy from the 10th to the 12th century; A monastic florilegium from the Collectio Canonum Hibernensis at Montecassino; Further evidence for the influence of the Hibernensis in Southern Italy; The South Italian Collection in 5 Books and its derivatives: a South Italian appendix to the Collection in 74 Titles; The South Italian Collection in 5 Books and its derivatives: Maastricht excerpta; Gratian's Decretum and the Code of Justinian in Beneventan script; Addenda; Indexes.

About the Author

Roger E. Reynolds is Senior Fellow in Medieval Law and Liturgy at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto and a Professor of Medieval Studies in the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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