English Monastic Litanies of the Saints after 1100

November 2013
229 pages
29.7x21 cm
Henry Bradshaw Society
ISBN: 9781907497278
Format: Hardback
Henry Bradshaw Society
BISAC REL033000, REL016000, REL086000

English Monastic Litanies of the Saints after 1100

Volume II: Pontefract - York

Edited by Nigel J. Morgan

Edition of rare surviving litanies from the middle ages, providing evidence for monastic worship.
The litanies of the monastic orders in England, above all those of the Benedictines, are key witnesses of devotion to the saints of the British Isles, whose relics and shrines were mostly in Benedictine abbeys and cathedral priories. However, although many of the calendars of the Benedictines have been published, litanies are more rare, and the majority of those within this volume are presented as text editions for the first time. The majority of the texts are Benedictine, but the few surviving litanies from the other monastic orders, Carthusians, Cistercians and Cluniacs, are included, and also those of the Order of Fontevrault.
This volume, the second of a set of three, contains the litanies from the Cluniac Priory of Pontefract to York, St Mary's Abbey.

Nigel Morgan is Honorary Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

Table of Contents

List of Contents of Volume I and Volume II
Notes on the Manuscripts
Editions of Litany Texts Pontefract - York and Unidentified Houses
Appendix: Editions of Litanies of the Scottish Benedictine Abbey of Dunfermline and the Cistercian Abbeys of Culross and Kinloss
Addendum to Volume I: Litany fragment of Norwich Cathedral Priory
Notes on the Editions
List of Saints of Special Significance in the Litanies of Volumes I and II
Index of Manuscripts in the two volumes


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