The Liber Ordinarius of the Abbey of St. Gertrude at Nivelles

Kelly, Thomas Forrest
The Liber Ordinarius of the Abbey of St. Gertrude at Nivelles
Harvard University, Houghton Library MS Lat. 422
1. Auflage
XVII und 468 Seiten, farb. Abb.

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The Abbey of St. Gertrude in Nivelles was an important foundation in Belgium from the seventh century onward. The double chapter of women and men, ruled by a noble abbess, was a powerful ecclesiastical and political force. This manuscript, recently discovered, is essentially the only medieval source for the practices of Nivelles. It details the complex liturgical practices of this double house in the thirteenth century.
The presence of women and men in the same institution and participating often in the same liturgical actions, is rare in practice, and rarer still in descriptions of such detail. We are provided with information about processional paths, local topography, the layout of the church of St. Gertrude, the adjacent St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s, and the rest of the precincts of the institution.
The manuscript also includes a series of capitular and historical documents which detail the relationships, and the stress, between the Abbess and the Chapter, and illuminate aspects of local and regional history, including such details as the length of the portion of salmon that the Abbess is required to provide on Maundy Thursday. The manuscript is accompanied by a detailed kalendar.
The edition presented here provides a careful study of the manuscript and its contents, a detailed introduction to the medieval liturgy of Nivelles, and comprehensive indices.

Über den Autor

Thomas Forrest Kelly is Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music at Harvard University. His most recent book is The Role of the Scroll (2019); he is the author (with Matthew Peattie) of The Music of the Beneventan Rite (2016), and of Capturing Music (2015); The Ordinal of Montecassino and Benevento (2008); The Exultet in Southern Italy (1996), The Beneventan Chant (1989) and other books, editions, and articles.

He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Mediaeval Academy of America, and the American Academy in Rome. He was awarded a Doctorate honoris causa from the University of North Carolina in 2017. He is an honorary citizen of the city of Benevento (Italy).
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