The next installment of the IHR History of Liturgy Seminar will occur on 24th May 2021. John Harper (Bangor University and the University of Birmingham) will be speaking on ‘The Use of Salisbury in the Long 12th Century (1075-1225): A Preliminary Revaluation’. Responses will be given by Frank Lawrence (University College, Dublin) and Helen Gittos (Oxford University).
Salisbury was one of three cathedrals relocated in 1075, but the only one to require a new clerical body, a new building, and, consequently, a new liturgy. Liturgical and chant historians have tended to treat the highly influential Use of Salisbury as a compilation and codification of the first part of the 13th century. John Harper’s work on the customary and the Mass of the BVM started to consider the earlier history of the Use. In the past fifteen months he has been working further on the liturgy of the first cathedral at Salisbury (1075-1225), in particular the ritual use of the building, and the liturgical patterns, forms, and texts.
This preliminary revaluation of the Use of Salisbury at the first cathedral will consider the evidence of three earlier sources that have received less attention from scholars: an unnoted gradual and epistolary (Salisbury Cathedral Library, MS 149), the Bedwyn Gradual (Cambridge University Library, Add MS 8333), and the fragment of a noted missal (Canterbury Cathedral Library, Add MS 128/29). Paleographical and internal evidence suggests that as a group these manuscripts represent a period from the third quarter of the 12th century to around 1200. The focus will be on observances and on proper chant texts of the mass, in relation to a select range of other sources: continental sources of the ninth century, insular sources from the Leofric Missal to the end of the 12th century, and sources of the Use of Salisbury from the 13th century.
There will be little time to examine the data on which this research is based in any detail. John Harper would be pleased to hear from anyone who would be interested to engage in a longer presentation and discussion. Please write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This meeting will be held online via Zoom. Please register here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/roundtable-early-liturgy-salisbury-cathedral