Mass and Parish in Late Medieval England: The Use of York

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The medieval parish church was central to most people's lives, and the Mass, the characteristic pre-Reformation service, exercised a defining influence upon the lives of clergy and laity alike. The laity were expected to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day; for many, daily Mass was also a reality. The role of the Mass was enhanced by the dominant belief in Purgatory, since celebration of Masses reduced the length of time the soul remained there. All this was swept away by the sixteenth-century Reformation. This...

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Overview

The medieval parish church was central to most people's lives, and the Mass, the characteristic pre-Reformation service, exercised a defining influence upon the lives of clergy and laity alike. The laity were expected to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day; for many, daily Mass was also a reality. The role of the Mass was enhanced by the dominant belief in Purgatory, since celebration of Masses reduced the length of time the soul remained there. All this was swept away by the sixteenth-century Reformation. This book, written by authors from different disciplines, explores the importance of late-medieval parish religion against the backcloth of medieval York. How many Parish churches were there? What was the form of the Mass and how was it celebrated? How were the church interiors arranged and how were they decorated? What contribution did music make? What was it like to be a cleric at the time? What changes did the Reformation bring? A substantial appendix provides a reconstruction of the pre-Reformation Mass as celebrated in York. This is a real work of scholarship by authors who are leaders in their specialism, and essential reading for all interested in the middle ages.

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Editorial Reviews

New Directions - John Turnbull
I would be most surprised if you were not to learn a great deal from this most engaging project.'
The Catholic Herald - Anthony Symondson
this excellent book...brings the late-medieval religious life of York to life with entire success.'
Mass of Ages - Gordon Dimon
a most interesting book and a real work of scholarship'
Yorkshire Archaeological Journal - R N Swanson
Accessibly written, and adundantly illustrated,'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904965022
  • Publisher: Spire Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Mass in its urban setting 13
2 The ornaments of the altar and the minsters in late-medieval England 27
3 Choral music in York, 1400-1540 41
4 'Four hundred masses on the four Fridays next after my decease' : the care of souls in fifteenth-century all saints', North Street, York 57
5 A York priest and his parish : Thomas Worrall at St. Michael, Spurriergate, York, in the early sixteenth century 89
6 Endings and beginnings 109
7 An introduction to the Requiem Mass in the use of York 127
8 A note on the reconstructed requiem mass held at All Saints', North Street, York, on 20 April 2002 141
The Requiem Mass : text and translation 145
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