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On the Prose <i>Historia</i> of St. Augustine

Janka Szendrei

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.003.0019
On the Prose Historia of St. Augustine

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Although Augustine, the theologian and philosopher, bishop and saint, enjoyed a high reputation, he was little venerated liturgically during Christianity's first 1,000 years. The liturgical veneration of Augustine developed at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries and culminated in the emergence of the saint's complete proper Office, or historia. This chapter explaines the reasons for this state of affairs as a preface to a consideration of the texts and music of the historia. It relates the development of Augustine's office to the Gregorian reform movement and other monastic and clerical ideas of the period. It discusses the geographical expansion of this Office, showing that the boundaries of its use were, by and large, firmly established by the mid-14th century.

Keywords: Augustine of Hippo; tributes; Office; Christianity; historia; Gregorian reform

Chapter.  5698 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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