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History of Liturgy Seminars @ Institute of Historical Research, London: 2017-2018 Programme

f020_massHistory of Liturgy Seminars 2017-2018

Mondays 17.15-19.15
John S Cohen Room N203, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

2 October 2017                   Teresa Webber (University of Cambridge): The Chapter Office and Reading in Chapter: monastic practice c. 1000-1300

13 November  2017          Henry Parkes (Yale University): Matins Responsories and Narratives of Divine Encounter

5 February 2018                 Isabelle Cochelin (University of Toronto): Decrypting Monastic Customaries

5 March 2018                       Iris Shagrir (Open University of Israel): Liturgical Vision and Liturgical Practice in Crusader Jerusalem

This will be a joint session with the Crusades and the Latin East seminar

21 May 2018                         Roundtable discussion: What roles did rubrics play in medieval liturgy?

11 June 2018                        Arthur Westwell (University of Cambridge): Conquering by the Book: Did the Carolingians bring a New Liturgy to the Kingdom of Italy?


David Harrap (QMUL): Consecratio Navis: Maritime Liturgies in Medieval and Early Modern England

Convenors: Nicolas Bell, Matthew Champion, Helen Gittos, Sarah Hamilton, Kati Ihnat, Eyal Poleg, Matthew Cheung Salisbury, Elizabeth Solopova, Teresa Webber

Sponsored by: Henry Bradshaw Society, Institute of Historical Research, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London


For any inquiries please contact Helen Gittos or Eyal Poleg (H.B.Gittos@kent.ac.uk or e.poleg@qmul.ac.uk)

Digital library of liturgical sources

Ecclesiastical Map of Western Europe in the Middle Ages

Ecclesiastical Map of Western Europe in the Middle Ages

Digital library of liturgical sources is a new research tool developed by the Research Group of Liturgical History. The Calendar-Project is a comprehensive database of almost 200 representative European liturgical Calendars and Sanctorals. Through browsing Saints and Feasts or Dates respectively, one can gain a statistically relevant sample of where, when and which feasts were celebrated within the medieval territory of the Roman Rite. Methodically, our research is based on the same principles as the whole of USUARIUM, namely that diverse sources based on their undoubted origin provide the best way to study the range of variability of liturgical Uses. Proofreading, corrections, new sources and facilities will follow in the coming weeks.

CONTACT FOR PASSWORD: foldvary.miklos[at]btk.elte.hu
 dr. Miklós Földváry, H-1088 Budapest,
Múzeum krt. 4/F. 222.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Early Medieval History

Based in the Department of History at the University of Exeter, this studentship will contribute to the HERA-funded project ‘After Empire: Using and Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-c.1050’ (UNUP). This international project, based in Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, St Andrews and Exeter, seeks to offer a transnational approach to the history of Europe in the tenth century.  It takes as its starting point the observation that the relatively meagre administrative and legal structures of early medieval Europe meant that action in the present often drew authority and legitimacy from claims about the past. It explores how people in different regions of Europe reacted to the changing political landscape of the tenth century by looking at the ways they chose to use and not use their shared past. 

The PhD project will explore aspects of this question. The Exeter-led sub-theme is on ‘Using and Not Using the Past in Liturgical Sources’. It is anticipated that this particular research project will focus on how at least one religious community chose to use or not use their past through the study of the liturgical manuscripts they produced and owned in this period.  The thesis will make a case study of individual manuscripts produced in a single community: both the manuscripts and community will be selected by the student in consultation with the supervisors. The core aims of the research project will be to investigate the extent to which a community, either in the heartland or on the periphery of the Carolingian Empire, chose to use or not use earlier works in the compilation of tenth-century liturgical books, and why they chose the particular source texts they did.

Alternative research projects of equal relevance to the wider themes of the project will also be considered.

The student will be supervised by Professor Sarah Hamilton, who is the project lead for UNUP at Exeter, with Dr Levi Roach.   

Duration and value of award
The PhD will commence in September 2016. UK/EU level tuition fees will be paid as part of the studentship, together with an annual maintenance grant of £14,296. Please note that this studentship is open to UK/EU students only.

For more information, see: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2218

Conference: Zur Typologie liturgischer Bücher des westlichen Mittelalters – Interdisziplinäres Symposium

7–9 July 2016

Large-scale digitization has lent urgency to an old and persistent question: the typology of liturgical books. The inadequacy of both medieval and modern labels to describe complex liturgical book types has rendered their succinct and accurate description in printed and online catalogues and repertories difficult, and this in turn has impeded systematic analysis and comparison of manuscript sources. The problem is not only a matter of scientific nomenclature however:

Focused studies of particular types of content in liturgical books (cycles of readings, calendars, prayer formulae, chant texts, musical notation) have borrowed and developed typologies with little attention to the relationships between different textual elements in single codicological units. Theories regarding the relationship between book types and changes in liturgical performance or ecclesiology have been developed that at times seem to lack a clearly articulated relationship to the material evidence itself, and have rested upon too simple an understanding of the relationship between book design and book use. A lack of clarity (or the imposition of an artificial clarity) about the typology of diverse sources has made it difficult to describe accurately chronological and regional developments in the organization and use of liturgical books as found in extant witnesses. While liturgical books are a fundamental source for the study of liturgical history, we have at times struggled to describe accurately what these books are.

It is to these questions that that the proposed Symposium is addressed. Liturgical scholars and musicologists have been asked to identify problems and questions in the typology of liturgical sources, and to propose new directions in their particular areas of research. Special attention will be paid to composite sources and to the relationship between liturgical and literary tradition.

Donnerstag, 7. 7. 2016

ab 12.30 Uhr
Mittagsimbiss; 14.00 Uhr Eröffnung
Chair: David Hiley

Eröffnungs-Keynote: Susan Rankin, Antiphonarium
Chair: David Ganz

Daniel DiCenso, Karolingische Sakramentar-Antiphonare

Monika Wenz, Hand(liche) Bücher – Liturgische Bücher? Gedanken zu einer möglichen Kategorisierung von karolingischen Priester-Handbüchern

Christopher Lazowski, Merowingische Sakramentare

Diskussion: Frühmittelalterliche Vorsteherbücher

Freitag, 8. 7. 2016

Chair: Harald Buchinger

Peter Jeffery, “Living Literature” in Three Dimensions: The Ordines Romani of the Mass

Reinhard Meßner, Ordines Romani

Hélène Bricout, Amalaire et le commentaire des célébrations selon les sources liturgiques. L‘exemple des jours saints

Jürgen Bärsch, Von den Ordines Romani zu den Libri Ordinarii. Beobachtungen am Beispiel einzelner Elemente der Karfreitagsliturgie.

Chair: Andrew Irving
Diskussion: Ordines

Henry Parkes, What was the Pontifical Romano-Germanique?

Martin Klöckener, Das Pontificale romano-germanicum, eine herausragende Quelle mittelalterlicher Liturgie in neuem Licht. Beobachtungen vor dem Hintergrund des Forschungsbeitrags von Henry Parkes

Hanna Zühlke, Angehängt, integriert oder separiert – Zum Buchtyp des Prozessionale im 10. Jahrhundert

Diskussion: Pontifikalien und verwandte Quellen,
eingeleitet durch Kurzstatements von Harald Buchinger und Christoph Winterer

Samstag, 9. 7. 2016
Chair: Katelijne Schiltz

Andreas Pfisterer, Das Cantatorium im Kontext der liturgischen Gesangbücher

Andreas Haug und Lori Kruckenberg, Tropar/Sequentiar

Diskussion: Gesangsquellen, eingeleitet durch Kurzstatement von Alexander Zerfaß

Chair: Reinhard Meßner
Andrew Irving, Missale

Patrizia Carmassi, Mess-Lektionar

Andreas Odenthal, Liturgische Buchkultur im frühen Protestantismus

Diskussion: Komposite Quellen für die Messe

Weiterführende Perspektiven

For more information, see conference website


Autumn School: Latin Paleography and Medieval Liturgy (University of Ghent, October 2014)

Autumn School
Latin Paleography and Medieval Liturgy
University of Ghent, 20 – 22 October 2014
Application deadline: 31 August 2014

This Autumn School is organised for MA and PhD-students in Medieval Studies (art history, history, philosophy, literature, music, etc.) who are required to work with handwritten medieval documents in Latin or with liturgical sources and texts containing liturgical quotations or references.
autumn_school_ghentThe Autumn School starts with two days of parallel courses in Latin Paleography and Medieval Liturgy, taught by leading experts in the field.
The sessions about Medieval Liturgy focus, after an elaborate introduction to the various liturgical books, on the liturgical conventions in France and Germany, on liturgy and music, on liturgy and architecture and on books of hours.
The sessions about Latin paleography explain the interactions between paleography, Diplomatics and Codicology, and will then focus on different scripts, the evolution and layout of the page and reading practices, the organisation of the scriptoria and the position of the scribe.
On the third day of the course, workshops are organized for each theme, in which all topics dealt with during the previous days will be brought together in an interactive session.
In the space of three days, students will thus acquire a basic knowledge of either Latin Paleography or Medieval Liturgy as well the skills to implement this knowledge in their own research projects.

For the course on Latin Paleography, students need to have already a basic knowledge of (classical) Latin grammar and vocabulary. For the course in Medieval Liturgy, no previous knowledge is required.

Both courses are delivered in English. Since both courses are taught at the same time, participants can enrol for only one course.

For further information on programme and registration, see here.