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Corpus Christianorum
Berno Augiensis
Tractatus liturgici

H. Parkes (ed.)
approx. 250 p., 2 b/w ill., 12 b/w tables, 155 x 245 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58601-4
Languages: Latin
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The first modern edition and study of the liturgical writings of Bern, abbot of Reichenau (d. 1048)

This book is the first modern edition and study of the liturgical writings of Bern, abbot of Reichenau (d. 1048). Dealing with ordinary questions facing medieval religious communities – such as how to find the correct date for Advent Sunday, or how to be sure that a chant is liturgically or doctrinally appropriate – Bern’s works provide rare first-hand insights into the practices, problems and perceptions of Christian worship in the early years of the second millennium.

Unlike formal liturgical expositions, Bern’s writings were devoted to alleviating specific concerns, often written at the request of specific people, but also conceived for the benefit of the Christian community at large. All are assiduously argued and researched, reaching their conclusions with the author’s characteristic weave of citation, interpretation and anecdote. With implications not only liturgical, but also intellectual and political, the five works edited here therefore offer rich insights for liturgical scholars, musicologists and medieval historian alike.

The extensive introduction to the edition addresses longstanding questions about the shape, extent and internal coherence of Bern's liturgical oeuvre, aided by two recently rediscovered manuscripts. The apparatus and indices also provide the first detailed survey of the author's extensive liturgical, patristic and canonical citations, in addition to accessible explications of his more complicated areas of argument.

Henry Parkes is Associate Professor at Yale University, where he is appointed jointly in the Department of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. The author of The Making of Liturgy in the Ottonian Church (Cambridge, 2015), his research deals with music and worship in the central Middle Ages, above all in Germany, with a focus on the experience of ritual, the formation of tradition and identity, and manuscript culture.

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Medieval Latin Series
Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Liturgy, sacraments & worship
Christian Theology & Theologians
Early Medieval (c. 650-1200)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature

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