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A Lost Work by Amalarius of Metz

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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 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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Part 1 Study: Salisbury 154 (Sa) and its principal content - description of the manuscript, Sa in the textual history of the "Liber Officialis", the "R1" and its origins, revisited, the text of the "R1" in Salisbury 154 - reorganisation, textual affiliations; the interpolations - the content of the interpolations, evidence for a common origin - method, rhetorical development, motifs; the source of the interpolations - a lost work by Amalarius? backgrounds and comparanda - Amalarius before and after the "Liber Officialis", Amalarian parallels - formal and thematic - method, rhetorical development, motifs; Amalarian parallels -language, sources and analogues - vocabulary and syntax, sources - "Ordo romanus", Caelius Sedulius, Augustine of Hippo, Gregory the Great, Bede the Venerable, Candidus Wizo, additional sources; select teachings and their applications - kneeling at the "orationes solemnes", the acolytes and the adoration of the cross, the wax "agnus dei", the "temporalis vita" and the left hand, tenebrae and the Roman alternative, the mass of the presanctified, the elements of the Office; summary of comparative evidence; external testimony and transmission of the lost work; the significance of the lost work - liturgical history - Triduum rites, the Office, features of possible significance; Amalarius's intellectual formation; Amalarius's ecclesiastical career; conclusions. Part 2 Texts and translations: edition and translation of interpolated passages in Salisbury 154; apparatus fortium; notes to the translation. Appendices: inventory of Salisbury 154; sample collations.

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