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The Making of Liturgy in the Ottonian Church
Books, Music and Ritual in Mainz, 950–1050


Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107443532

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  • This highly original study examines the history and religious life of the Ottonian Church through its ritual books. With forensic attention to the writing and design of four important manuscripts from the city of Mainz - a musician's troper, a priest's ritual handbook, a bishop's pontifical and a copy of the enigmatic compilation now known as the 'Romano-German Pontifical' - Henry Parkes transforms liturgical sources into eloquent witnesses to the ecclesiastical history of early medieval Germany. He also presents the first comprehensive revision of Michel Andrieu's influential 'Romano-German Pontifical' theory, from the dual perspective of Mainz's cathedral of St Martin and its Benedictine monastery of St Alban. Challenging long-held assumptions about the geographies of Ottonian power, in particular the central role of Mainz and its archbishops, the book opens up important new ways of understanding how religious ritual was organised, transmitted and perceived.

    • Offers a historical study of early medieval liturgical books that integrates a specialised and often neglected topic into wider historical discourse
    • Provides a fresh view of religious ritual through manuscripts, scribes, and material history, bringing texts alive and cutting provocatively through existing grand narratives
    • Redraws the boundaries of several early book types, fundamentally revising the way scholars think about and study early medieval liturgy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107443532
    • length: 275 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: making liturgy
    Part I. A Troper:
    1. Recording music in the tenth century
    2. The historical import of a 'troper'
    Part II. A Ritual Handbook:
    3. The contested identity of Vienna, ÖNB, Cod. 1888
    4. Intermingled song
    Part III. Episcopal Liturgy:
    5. Itinerant ritual
    6. The nascent 'pontifical'
    Part IV. The Romano-German Pontifical:
    7. The PRG in Mainz
    Conclusion: disentangling liturgy

  • Author

    Henry Parkes, Yale University, Connecticut
    Henry Parkes is Assistant Professor of Music at the Institute of Sacred Music and Department of Music at Yale University, Connecticut.

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