IHR History of Liturgy Seminar 2021-22

All meetings take place online. To register participation: www.history.ac.uk/seminars/history-liturgy

All welcome.

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Monday 1 November 2021, 17.15 – Katherine Emery (King’s College, London): The Cult of Thomas Becket and the Building of Canterbury Cathedral

Monday 6 December 2021, 17.15 – John Jenkins (University of York): The Shrine of St Thomas Becket and the Liturgy of Canterbury Cathedral in the 15th Century

Monday 17 January 2022, 17.15 – Iris Shagrir (The Open University of Israel): Signs of Victory: The Earliest Civic Liturgical Celebration of the Conquest of Jerusalem

Monday 14 March 2022, 17.15 – Alex Shinn (Bangor University): Local Manifestations of Liturgical Reform c.1530-1650: The Newly-Founded St John’s College, Cambridge

Monday 9 May 2022, 17.15 – Elisabeth Hollender (Goethe University, Frankfurt): Title to be confirmed

Monday 6 June 2022, 17.15 – Roundtable: Martyrologies, with Christine Rauer (St Andrews), Kate Falardeau (Cambridge), Katerina Novokhatko (TU Dresden) and Sara Charles (UCL)

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Convenors: Helen Gittos, Sarah Hamilton, John Harper, Henry Parkes, Eyal Poleg, Teresa Webber

IHR History of Liturgy Seminar 2020-21

All meetings take place online. To register participation: www.history.ac.uk/seminars/history-liturgy

All welcome.

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Monday 5 October 2020, 18.30 – Katie Bugyis (University of Notre Dame): The Manuscript Remains of the Abbess-Saints of Barking Abbey

Monday 16 November 2020, 17.15 – Laura Light (Les Enluminures): Evidence for the Liturgical Use of Thirteenth-Century Bibles (joint session with the European History 1150-1550 seminar)

Monday 15 February 2021, 17.15 – Katy Cubitt (University of East Anglia): Liturgy and Law in 10th- and 11th-Century England; Episcopal Power and the Uses of Public Penance

Monday 8 March 2021, 17.15 – Michael Penman (University of Stirling): Architecture and Liturgy in Dunfermline Abbey

Monday 29 March 2021, 17.15 – Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway): Living in the Holy City: Greek Orthodox Jerusalem under Crusader Rule

Monday 24 May 2021, 17.15 – Roundtable: The Early Liturgy of Salisbury Cathedral, chaired by John Harper (Bangor University)

Monday 14 June 2021, 17.15 – David Jasper and Jeremy Smith (University of Glasgow): The Re-Inventing of the Lay Folks’ Mass Book: The Victorian Afterlife of a Middle English Poem

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Convenors: Helen Gittos, Sarah Hamilton, John Harper, Henry Parkes, Eyal Poleg, Teresa Webber

Publications in preparation

The following editions are in the course of preparation:

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.

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.

The Libellus Precum of Sigebert of Minden (Wolfenbüttel HAB Cod. Helmst. 1151).
Edited by Dr Joanne Pierce.

Two English Coronation Ordines
Edited by Dr David Pratt.

Carolingian Mass Chant Books
Edited by Dr Daniel DiCenso.

Online AGM 2020

The one hundred and seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Society will be held on Friday 15 May 2020 at 2 p.m. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place online using Zoom software. It will be followed by a meeting of the Society’s Council, which members will also be welcome to observe should they wish.

The agenda and the minutes of the previous meeting may be found in the Annual Report for 2019.

We regret that the lecture which has in recent years followed the AGM and Council meeting will not take place this year, but we have every intention of resuming this practice at future meetings.

How to download Zoom

Instructions for:

How to access the meeting

Members should receive details of the meeting ID and password shortly.

IHR History of Liturgy Seminar 2019-20

All meetings take place in the Peter Marshall Room N204, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, WC1E 7HU.

All welcome.

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Wednesday 6 November 2019, 17.30 – Johanna Dale (UCL): Saint Oswald on Bishop Richard’s Vestments: Liturgy and Politics at Old St Paul’s

Monday 16 March 2020, 17.15 – Katy Cubitt (UEA): Practices of Penance and the Liturgy in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century England

Friday 24 April 2020, 15.00 – Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway): Living in the Holy City: Greek Orthodox Jerusalem under Crusader Rule

Monday 15 June 2020, 17.15 – Nigel Morgan (University of Cambridge): Calendars of the English Augustinian Canons

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Convenors: Helen Gittos, Sarah Hamilton, John Harper, Eyal Poleg, Teresa Webber

‘Pfaff at 50’ Conference at the University of Nottingham (1-2 July 2021)

Members will be interested to hear of this forthcoming conference, formerly to be held at the University of Nottingham in 2020, now postponed to 1-2 July 2021. Entitled ‘Pfaff at 50’, it celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Richard W. Pfaff’s New Liturgical Feasts in Later Medieval England in 1970.

Professor Pfaff (1936-2016) was Vice-President of the Henry Bradshaw Society and a noted expert on medieval English liturgy.

Conference website: https://pfaff50.wordpress.com

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

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:


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.