English Monastic Litanies of the Saints after 1100

July 2012
214 pages
29.7x21 cm
Henry Bradshaw Society
ISBN: 9781907497261
Format: Hardback
Henry Bradshaw Society
BISAC REL110000, HIS037010, REL086000

English Monastic Litanies of the Saints after 1100

Volume I: Abbotsbury - Peterborough

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 is the first of two volumes and covers the abbeys and priories from Abbotsbury to Peterborough. The second volume will contain 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 Abbotsford - Peterborough
List of Saints of Special Significance in the Litanies in Volume I
Index of Manuscripts


The importance of the commemoration of saints in calendars and litanies is that they are frequent aids to dating the manuscript concerned, thus assisting the interpretation of all the other contents of the manuscript in which they occur. That is the usefulness of this book to those interested in other aspects of medieval life than monastic litanies. . The scholarly world owes [the editor] an immense debt. SEHEPUNKTE

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