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The Medieval Dominicans
Books, Buildings, Music, and Liturgy

E. Giraud, C. Leitmeir (eds.)
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405 p., 27 b/w ill. + 17 colour ill., 15 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-56903-1
Languages: English
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This international and interdisciplinary collection discusses a wide range of aspects relating to the material and devotional culture of the Dominican Order across medieval Europe.

The Order of Preachers has famously bred some of the leading intellectual lights of the Middle Ages. While Dominican achievements in theology, philosophy, languages, law, and sciences have attracted much scholarly interest, their significant engagement with liturgy, the visual arts, and music remains relatively unexplored. These aspects and their manifold interconnections form the focal point of this interdisciplinary volume.

The different chapters examine how early Dominicans positioned themselves and interacted with their local communities, where they drew their influences from, and what impact the new Order had on various aspects of medieval life. The contributors to this volume address issues as diverse as the making and illustrating of books, services for a king, the disposition of liturgical space, the creation of new liturgies, and a Dominican-made music treatise. In doing so, they seek to shed light on the actions and interactions of medieval Dominicans in the first centuries of the Order’s existence.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Acknowledgements

Introduction — Eleanor J. Giraud and Christian Thomas Leitmeir

The Impact of the Dominicans on Books at the University of Paris 1217–1350 —Richard Rouse and Mary Rouse

The Spread and Circulation of the Dominican Pocket Breviary ; Appendix of Selected Dominican Breviaries — Laura Albiero

Illustrated Dominican Books in France, 1221–1350 — Alison Stones

The Artistic and Spiritual Impact of the Dominicans in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Middle Ages —Panayota Volti

The Preachers and the Evolution of Liturgical Space in Italy: Thirteenth to Sixteenth Century — Haude Morvan

‘A Path Prepared for them by the Lord’:King Louis IX, Dominican Devotion, and the Extraordinary Journey of Two Preaching Friars —Emily Guerry

Thomas Aquinas, Dominican Theology, and the Feast of Corpus Christi —M. Michèle Mulchahey

Reading Eschatology in the Feast of Corpus Christi —Barbara R. Walters

The Orations of the Medieval Dominican Liturgy—Innocent Smith OP

Dominican Mass Books before Humbert of Romans—Eleanor J. Giraud

‘Lest the Sisters Lose Devotion’:Dominican Liturgy and the Cura Monialium Question in the Thirteenth Century — Innocent Smith OP

Compilation and Adaptation: How ‘Dominican’ is Hieronymus de Moravia’s Tractatus de Musica? — Christian Thomas Leitmeir

Jerome of Moravia’s Cantor: A Specialist in Musical Sounds —Błażej Matusiak OP



Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Liturgy, sacraments & worship
Hymn, chants & song in church
Christian Church : religious orders
Other monastic orders
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Medieval architecture

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