Memory and Community in Medieval Southern Italy
The History, Chapter Book, and Necrology of Santa Maria del Gualdo Mazzocca
XII+320 p., 150 x 230 mm, 2008
Languages: English, Latin
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This study of Santa Maria del Gualdo Mazzocca, a Benedictine
priory, and then abbey, directly dependent upon the papacy, offers
a remarkable glimpse into the nature of monastic life in the Middle
At the centre of this work are an edition and study of the
necrology of the monastery of Santa Maria del Gualdo Mazzocca
(Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vaticanus latinus
5949, fols. 232r–248v). In active use for three centuries,
the necrology is a remarkable mirror of monastic life. The study of
the necrology is placed in the contexts of the chapter book that
preserves it and the monastery that produced it. Santa Maria del
Gualdo was a Benedictine priory, and then abbey, directly dependent
upon the papacy. Its history and that of its chapter book are part
of the history of the Benedictines and their liturgy in the
Beneventan cultural zone in the High Middle Ages.