The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History (Hardback)Richard William Pfaff (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 622
Weight: 1110 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 34 mm
'... this book is a valuable and important work ... it is commendable in presenting church history as not only led from the top by bishops and cathedrals, but shaped at the bottom by those who used the books." -Church Times
"Pfaff's prose is clear, frequently humorous, and free of academic jargon.' Times Literary Supplement
"This study of regular formal public worship in England c600-1535 is a work of immense scholarship and the fruit of decades of research." -Jane E.A.Dawson, The Expository Times
"a wide-ranging, yet detailed, survey of the liturgy in medieval England approached primarily through surviving liturgical books, written by a scholar of quite exceptionally wide experience of the books and of earlier commentaries on them. Thus it will be a gold mine to the expert liturgiologist...It will also serve as a guide to all medievalists who have to come to terms with liturgical evidence; to them it is an answer to prayer...To cover the whole story in this manner from the age of Bede to the eve of the Reformation in a single volume is a tour de force." -Christopher N. L. Brooke, Speculum
"The book will serve for many as a standard reference; its self-contained chapters and ample cross-referencing are designed to facilitate this kind of use... As the first comprehensive survey [of what can be known about liturgical observance in England], the book will be an invaluable resource to many scholars who will be able to avail themselves of Pfaff's vast knowledge." -Katherine Zieman, Journal of British Studies
"[a] magisterial overview... This is the book that it has been Richard Pfaff's to write, and it has grown out of forty years of work on the primary manuscripts. It should find a hungry audience...it will become the essential work of reference for Medievalists seeking to understand the changing forms of Christian worship in England" -James Willoughby, The Library
"Pfaff is to be congratulated on an excellent and informative work which will be an essential companion to medieval liturgical study for many years to come." -Gordon Jeanes, Anaphora
"Magisterial is a word often debased by overuse, but one can think of no other characterization for this book, despite its remarkable modesty of tone. It will be teaching medievalists interested in the liturgy for many, many years." -Milton McC. Gatch, Church History
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