Book Series Medieval Monastic Studies, vol. 7

The Medieval Dominicans

Books, Buildings, Music, and Liturgy

Eleanor Giraud, Christian Leitmeir (eds)

  • Pages: 405 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:27 b/w, 17 col., 15 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56903-1
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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.


“(…) we can be grateful to Leitmeir and Giraud for assembling a volume that certainly offers new angles into understanding medieval Dominican culture.” (Constant J. Mews, in Parergon, 39/2, 2022, p. 163)

“The two editors are to be congratulated on an excellent work. They have provided a valuable volume not only for historians but for all those interested in the medieval history of the Order of Preachers.” (Viliam Štefan Doci OP, Roma, in Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, VII, 2022, p. 367)

”Just as the editors hoped in their preface, the volume opens up new avenues to explore, not without, at the same time, answering questions. Several authors use so far unpublished source texts (e.g., Morvan, Mulchahey), while others draw on images and architecture. Where necessary, the contributions are richly illustrated, with reproductions mainly in colour rather than black and white. A carefully compiled index increases the book’s accessibility.” (Cornelia Linde, in The Medieval Review, 08/03/2023)

“(…) I did learn from reading The Medieval Dominicans, and its emphasis on the friars’ impact on material, liturgical, and musical culture in the Middle Ages is a welcome contribution to the field.” (Austin Powell, in Speculum, 98/4, 2023, p. 1252)


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.


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



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