New editions and translations of the two earliest texts for the rite of royal anointing in Anglo-Saxon England.
This volume provides new editions and translations of the two earliest texts for the rite of royal anointing in Anglo-Saxon England. The First Ordo, believed to go back to the ninth century, perhaps even a little before, is the earliest surviving coronation liturgy from anywhere in the West. The compilation of the Second English Ordo has been assigned to the late ninth or early tenth century. David Pratt’s edition and translation presents this extremely important material in a scholarly but fully accessible way for the first time. New editions are desirable, not only for the intrinsic value of scrutinizing the text and transmission history of both ordines, but for the light which can be cast on the early history of the rite of royal anointing in England. That history is a subject which unfortunately cannot be studied with reference to any single, authoritative manuscript, but must rather be explored comparatively, by looking across the manuscript record of later Anglo-Saxon and Frankish pontificals, and by identifying patterns of development.
Dr David Pratt is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Downing College, Cambridge. His principal research interest is in the political thought and court culture of the early Middle Ages, especially in Anglo-Saxon England and the Carolingian world. His first book, The Political Thought of King Alfred the Great (2007), is a comprehensive study of political thought at King Alfred’s court.
Table des matières :
PUBLICATION SECRETARY’S PREFACE
LIST OF TABLES
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
NOTE ON CITATIONS
The First Ordo
The A-version of the Second Ordo
Reconstructing the A-version in its earliest form
The principal sources of the A-version
The dating of the A-version
The later history of the rite: a summary
THE MANUSCRIPT SOURCES OF THE FIRST ORDO
L. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 579
A. Rouen, Bibliothèque municipale, 368 (A. 27)
E. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 10575
M. Milan, Biblioteca del Capitolo Metropolitano, II-D-03-007
V. Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, lat. 13151
LIST OF EARLIER EDITIONS
THE FIRST ENGLISH CORONATION ORDO
THE MANUSCRIPT SOURCES OF THE A-VERSION OF THE SECOND ORDO
Base manuscript: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 12052
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 13313 and other ‘SMN’ manuscripts
LIST OF EARLIER EDITIONS
THE A-VERSION OF THE SECOND ENGLISH CORONATION ORDO
1: The transmission of Omnipotens sempiterne deus in manuscripts of the Second Ordo
2: Anointing prayers in the Second Ordo and related ordines
3: The A-version of the Second Ordo and its probable sources
4: The First Ordo in the Ordo of Milan
INDEX OF MANUSCRIPTS CITED
INDEX OF LITURGICAL FORMS
INDEX OF NAMES AND PLACES
Informations pratiques :
English Coronation Ordines in the Ninth and Early Tenth Centuries, éd. David Pratt, Woodbridge, Boydell and Breer, 2023 ; 1 vol., 264 p. (Henry Bradshaw Society, 125). ISBN : 978-1-90749-737-7. Prix : GBP 60,00.
Source : Boydell and Brewer
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