History of Liturgy Seminar 2018-19

This year the Henry Bradshaw Society will once again co-sponsor the History of Liturgy Seminar, held on Mondays 17.15-19.15, in the John S Cohen Room N203, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU.

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22 October 2018 – Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary, University of London): “Enclosed and Wrapped About with Dust”: The Bible in Late Medieval and Early Modern Liturgy

14 January 2019 – Andrew Kirkman (University of Birmingham): Choirboys and Singers in a Great Medieval Church: The Case of St-Omer

11 March 2019 – THE PHYSICALITY OF THE LITURGY: ARCHITECTURE, BELLS & CANDLES
Michael Carter (English Heritage): Liturgy, Art and Architecture: Some Cistercian Evidence
Sally Wadsworth (University of Birmingham): Beeswax and Tallow Before and After the Reformation
Chris Barnes (University of Birmingham): Post-Reformation Church Bells Within the Diocese of Gloucester, 1541-1662

20 May 2019 – Susan Rankin (University of Cambridge): Antiphonarium: Making and Using Chant Books in the Early Middle Ages

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Seminar convened by Matthew Champion, Helen Gittos, Sarah Hamilton, John Harper, Eyal Poleg, Teresa Webber.

Henry Bradshaw Society Lecture 2018: Dr Teresa Webber

The Henry Bradshaw Society Lecture 2018 will be delivered by Dr Teresa Webber, Reader in Palaeography at the University of Cambridge.

The lecture, entitled ‘Liturgical Books and the Medieval Library’, will take place on Friday 27 April at 5pm, in Room GR06-7, English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge, followed by a reception.

All are welcome.

Online publication of ‘From Jerusalem to Rome’, by Michael Moreton

We are pleased to make available online Michael Moreton’s unpublished book ‘From Jerusalem to Rome: The Jewish Origins and Catholic Tradition of Liturgy’.

The book may be downloaded as a PDF on the following page:

https://henrybradshawsociety.org/publications/from-jerusalem-to-rome/

Fr Moreton’s monograph is an informative and challenging review of the story of Christian liturgy from its sources in Judaism to the establishment of its classical forms, and beyond. Although not part of either series of Henry Bradshaw Society publications, this work is in many ways a complement to Geoffrey Willis’ History of Early Roman Liturgy, published as the inaugural HBS subsidia volume in 1994.

The author read History at the University of London before the war, and then Theology at Christ Church, Oxford after it. A parish priest for most of his life, he taught New Testament and Liturgy part-time at Exeter University from the late 1950s until his retirement. He died in 2014, aged 97.

Notker Liber ymnorum edition receives Palisca Award

We are delighted that the Society’s most recent publication in its Main Series, Calvin Bower’s edition and translation of The Liber Ymnorum of Notker Balbulus, has been awarded the Palisca Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society. Named after the eminent musicologist Claude V. Palisca (1921–2001), this prize is awarded for a musical edition or translation which exhibits ‘the highest qualities of originality, interpretation, logic and clarity of thought, and communication.’

The announcement is made at: http://www.ams-net.org/rochester/awards.php

For more information on this publication see: https://henrybradshawsociety.org/publications/main-series/121

Henry Bradshaw conference at Cambridge University Library (4 December 2017)

Save the date: Henry Bradshaw conference at Cambridge University Library, 4 December 2017

A conference at Cambridge University Library to celebrate 150 years since Henry Bradshaw’s appointment as University Librarian in 1867.

Speakers include Richard Beadle, Nicolas Bell, Lotte Hellinga, Arnold Hunt, Peter Jones, David McKitterick and Paul Russell.

The conference will be held in the Milstein Room at Cambridge University Library, with lunch in the Saltmarsh Rooms at King’s College (Bradshaw’s rooms). There will be displays of material relating to Bradshaw in both King’s College Library and the University Library.

Booking will open later this month (October 2017). For more information please contact Cambridge University Library.

Publications in preparation

The following editions are in the course of preparation:

English Benedictine Litanies
The third volume of Professor Morgan’s edition, comprising addenda, commentary, catalogue of saints and indexes, has been submitted to the publisher and will be issued to members as Vol. 123 early in 2018.

The Marginalia of the Old English Bede
Dr Jesse Billett has prepared an edition of the liturgical texts added to the margins of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 41, a manuscript discussed in detail in his monograph, The Divine Office in Anglo-Saxon England, published in HBS subsidia.

Medieval Kalendars from Ireland
Professor Pádraig Ó Riain is currently preparing an edition of these texts.

The Dunstan Pontifical
Dr Birgit Ebersberger of the Bavarian Academy has agreed to prepare for the Society an edition of the Dunstan Pontifical (Paris, Bibl.nat. Ms lat.943)

English Benedictine Kalendars post 1100, vol. 3: Kalendars of Male Houses, Norwich-York
Professor Nigel Morgan is well advanced in the preparation of this volume, which will at last complete the work begun by Francis Wormald with vols. LXXVII and LXXXI.

English Benedictine Kalendars post 1100, vol. 4: Benedictine Nunneries; addenda to vols. 1–2; introduction; and cumulative indexes to vols. 1–4
Professor Nigel Morgan has the material for this volume in hand.

Insular monastic office antiphoners
The late Professor David Chadd had an edition nearly ready for the press. The Society hopes to be able to complete that work, at his request.

The Red Book of Darley
Dr David Pelteret has agreed to consider editing this book (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 422) for the Society and has begun exploratory work on it.

The Exeter Benedictional
Prof Christopher A. Jones, of the Department of English at the Ohio State University, has in hand an edition of the Exeter Benedictional (London, British Library, Add. 28188), which he has offered to the Society as a future publication.

History of Liturgy Seminar 2017-2018

This year the Henry Bradshaw Society will once again co-sponsor the History of Liturgy Seminar, held on Mondays 17.15-19.15, in the John S Cohen Room N203, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU.

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

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See the History of Liturgy Seminar 2017-18 poster for more information.

Henry Bradshaw Society Lecture 2017: Prof. Sarah Hamilton

The Henry Bradshaw Society Lecture 2017 will be delivered by Sarah Hamilton, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Exeter.

Entitled ‘What’s the Use of Cursing? Early Records of the Excommunication Liturgy’, Prof. Hamilton’s talk will take place on Friday 28 April at 5pm, in Room GR06-7, English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge.

All are welcome.

Memorial Service for Dick Pfaff

A Memorial Service of Choral Vespers will be held in Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, on Friday 12th May 2017 at 6 p.m. for the Revd Prof. Richard William Pfaff (1936-2016), Vice-President of the Henry Bradshaw Society; Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, 1957-9; Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967-2006; Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1990-1.

The service will be directed by Mark Williams, Informator Choristarum, and sung by the Academical Clerks of Magdalen. The music will feature plainsong and music by Monteverdi, one of Dick’s favourite composers. All are welcome to this free service. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more details, contact the Revd Dr. Jonathan Arnold, Dean of Divinity, Magdalen College, Oxford.

Medieval Rites: Reading the Writing (21-23 April 2017)

North American members of the Henry Bradshaw Society are warmly invited to attend ‘Medieval Rites: Reading the Writing’, a three-day conference on medieval liturgical texts hosted by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, with support from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and University of Notre Dame.

The conference will be held at Yale University, New Haven, CT, on Friday 21-Sunday 23 April 2017. Participants include HBS Council members Sarah Hamilton and Henry Parkes.

Admission free. No registration required. For more information please visit the conference webpage.