The Necrology of San Nicola Della Cicogna
(Montecassino, Archivo della Badia, 179, pp. 1-64).Monumenta Liturgica Beneventana, 2.
C. Hilken (ed.)
188 p., 175 x 260 mm, 2000
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The present work, an edition and study of
the necrology of the monastery of San Nicolo della Cicogna, a
dependency of the abbey of Montecassino, is part of the Monumenta
Liturgica Beneventana, a project devoted to bringing to light the rich
medieval liturgical tradition preserved in books written in the
Beneventan minuscule of southern Italy. A medieval monastic necrology
was a liturgical record of death anniversaries announced by the monks
in their daily meeting in the chapter room after the office of prime.
It was the natural complement to a martyrology, which also called the
monastic community to prayerful remembrance of the Church that had
preceded them. The necrology of San Nicola, preserved in the
monastery's chapter book, is written into the empty spaces
following the daily entries of the martyrology, an Italian recension of
Bede and the oldest martyrology at Montecassino. The introduction seeks
to reconstruct the history of San Nicolo, using literary and
documentary evidence from the abbey of Montecassino. In addition to a
discussion of the Bedan martyrology and an analysis of the names
contained in the necrology, it includes a description of the other
parts of the chapter book, including identifications of items within
the capitular homiliary, and the incipit and explicit of each homily.
The book also provides an index of names of the dead as well as a small
register of documents, including census records, land transactions, and
spiritual contracts, which survive from the monastery. The study
reveals that monasticism at Cicogna was still heavily lay, that is,
non-clerical. Secondly, the monastic community bound itself, by
spiritual confraternity, to the larger Benedictine brotherhood,
especially with the nearby abbey and its other local affiliated
monasteries. The number of names in common with the necrology of
Montecassino makes the present edition an important tool in the study
of that much larger work.