A Lost Work by Amalarius of Metz: Interpolations in Salisbury, Cathedral Library, MS 154

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Amalarius of Metz (c775-c850) was the most inventive and influential of early medieval commentators on the liturgy. His Liber officialis and other works popularized the use of allegory to discover deeper, spiritual meanings in the rituals of the church. About the sources of Amalarius's thought, however, and the early shaping of his methods, many questions persist. New light is shed on these problems by recently discovered remnants of a hitherto unknown text. The fragments, apparently all that survive of a longer ...

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Overview

Amalarius of Metz (c775-c850) was the most inventive and influential of early medieval commentators on the liturgy. His Liber officialis and other works popularized the use of allegory to discover deeper, spiritual meanings in the rituals of the church. About the sources of Amalarius's thought, however, and the early shaping of his methods, many questions persist. New light is shed on these problems by recently discovered remnants of a hitherto unknown text. The fragments, apparently all that survive of a longer work treating the Divine Office and the last three days of Holy Week, show many hallmarks of Amalarius's early writing. The present book presents an edition of the Latin texts, accompanied by a full English translation and apparatus of sources. A detailed introduction discusses the contents of the fragments, the evidence of their authorship, and their contribution to present knowledge of Amalarius's career and early medieval liturgical history. CHRISTOPHER A. JONES is assistant professor of English, Ohio State University.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781870252140
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Series: Henry Bradshaw Society Subsidia , #2
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and manuscript sigla
Introduction 1
I Salisbury 154 and its principal content 15
I.1 Description of the manuscript 15
I.2 Sa in the textual history of the Liber officialis 17
I.3 The Rl and its origins, revisited 20
I.4 The text of the Rl in Salisbury 154 23
II The interpolations 33
II.1 The content of the interpolations 33
II.2 Evidence for a common origin 38
III The source of the interpolations 50
III.1 A lost work by Amalarius? 50
III.2 Backgrounds and comparanda: Amalarius before and after the Liber officialis 51
III.3 Amalarian parallels: formal and thematic 57
III.4 Amalarian parallels: language, sources and analogues 69
III.5 Summary of comparative evidence 117
III.6 External testimony and transmission of the lost work 117
IV The significance of the lost work 126
IV.1 Liturgical history 126
IV.2 Amalariu's intellectual formation 140
IV.3 Amalariu's ecclesiastical career 164
V Conclusion 175
Edition of interpolated passages in Salisbury 154 191
Translation 229
App. I Inventory of Salisbury 154 268
App. II Sample collations 278
Bibliography 280
Index 297
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