Reinventing Medieval Liturgy in Victorian England
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280 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

12 b/w illus.

Series: Medievalism

Series Vol. Number: 26

Imprint: Boydell Press

Reinventing Medieval Liturgy in Victorian England

Thomas Frederick Simmons and the Lay Folks' Mass Book

by David Jasper and Jeremy J Smith

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In 1879, Canon Thomas Frederick Simmons edited the late medieval poem now known as The Lay Folks' Mass Book creating what remains the standard edition of the text. This volume shows how Simmons' interest in the text was related profoundly to contemporary debates about worship in the Church of England, and how he used his medievalist researches as the basis for the most important attempt at Prayer Book revision between the Reformation and the twentieth century.
Preface

Introduction: Imagining the Past

1.Thomas Frederick Simmons and the Lay Folks' Mass Book
2.Re-imagining Medieval Devotion: Nineteenth-Century Conceptions of the English Church
3.Simmons and the Early English Text Society
4.Simmons as Editor: The Philologist
5. Simmons as Editor: The Liturgist
6. Simmons as Parish Priest, and Liturgical Reform in the Victorian Church of England
7.The Afterlives of the Lay Folks' Mass Book

Conclusion: Liturgical Moments in Time

Plates
Appendix IThe Lay Folks' Mass Book: Text and Translation
Appendix IIThe Lay Folks' Mass Book and the Sarum Rite

Bibliography
Index

David Jasper is a theologian with a particular interest in the nineteenth century. He is emeritus professor at the University of Glasgow, where he was formerly professor of literature and theology. Recent publications include The Language of Liturgy (2018). He has been an Anglican priest for forty-six years and is canon theologian of St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow.

Jeremy Smith was professor of English philology at Glasgow, where he remains a senior research fellow and emeritus professor, and an honorary professor at St Andrews. His specialisms include English historical linguistics, medieval studies, and book history, combined recently in Transforming Early English (2020).

"This is an excellent study, well researched, and is valuable for those who study liturgy, and the mind of the Victorian English Church, as well as the wider Romantic Movement. It is the first critical assessment of The Lay Folks' Mass Book since Simmons's edition, and places the work in its context. It also raises some questions for the contemporary Church of England." International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

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Title Details

280 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

12 b/w illus.

Series: Medievalism

Series Vol. Number: 26

Imprint: Boydell Press