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  • Page extent: 246 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.6 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 264/.01403
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BX2037.A3 G333 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Bobbio missal--Congresses
    • Missals--Gaul--Congresses
    • Catholic Church--Liturgy--Texts--History and criticism--Congresses
    • Bibliotháeque nationale de France.--Dâepartement des manuscrits--Congresses

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521823937 | ISBN-10: 0521823935)

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  • Published April 2004

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Copied in southeastern Gaul around the end of the seventh and beginning of the eighth century, the Bobbio Missal is one of the most important liturgical manuscripts from that period. It is a unique combination of lectionary and sacramentary, to which much canonical and non-canonical material was added. The extent of specialized knowledge, provided by the scholars writing for this book, contributes considerably to our understanding of this complex manuscript, as well as of the broader field of early medieval liturgy and religious culture which it bears witness to.


1. Introduction: The Bobbio Missal - from Mabillon onwards Yitzhak Hen; 2. The script of the Bobbio Missal Rosamond McKitterick; 3. The palimpsest leaves in the Bobbio Missal David Ganz; 4. Reading and writing the Bobbio Missal: punctuation, word separation and animated initials Marco Mostert; 5. Liturgical Latin in the Bobbio Missal Els Rose; 6. Additions to the Bobbio Missal: De dies malus and 'Joca monachorum' Charles D. Wright and Roger Wright; 7. The Liturgy of the Bobbio Missal Yitzhak Hen; 8. Reforming the clergy: a context for the use of the Bobbio penitential Rob Meens; 9. Doctrinal and theological themes in the prayers of the Bobbio Missal Louise P. M. Batstone; 10. The Missa pro principe in the Bobbio Missal Mary Garrison; 11. Liturgy in the Rhône Valley and the Bobbio Missal Ian N. Wood; 12. Conclusion Yitzhak Hen and Rob Meens; Manuscript index; General index.


"the combined effect of the first-rate scholarship assembled here puts the study of this unique and intriguing manuscript on an entirely new footing." - Journal of English and Germanic Philolgy Frederick S> Paxton, Connecticut College

"This volume is admirable, indeed, exemplary" - Daniel Sheerin, University of Notre Dame

"The book revises the paleographical and codicological analyses in E.A. Lowe's 1924 edition of this missal, extending Lowe's historical evaluation to discuss the notions of literacy, liturgical evolution, and clerical reform, as well as offering a viw of eighth century Southern Gaul within the broader European social environment. The Bobbio Missal thus provides an excellent introduction to the study of Merovingian liturgical manuscripts for students and specialists alike." - Laura Marchiori, University of Toronto


Yitzhak Hen, Rosamond McKitterick, David Ganz, Marco Mostert, Els Rose, Charles D. Wright, Roger Wright, Rob Meens, Louise P. M. Batstone, Mary Garrison, Ian N. Wood

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