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.

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How to access the meeting

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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:

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.

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.’

For details of this and previous winners see:

For more information on this publication see:

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.

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.