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A Gem Worthy of a King

Susan Boynton

in Silent Music

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754595
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918850 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754595.003.0003

Series: Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music

A Gem Worthy of a King

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This chapter interprets the cultural significance of the full-color, full-size parchment facsimile of a Toledan Mozarabic liturgical book that Palomares created for presentation to Ferdinand VI, accompanied by a preface in which Burriel cast the Toledan manuscript as a link to the Bourbon monarch’s royal predecessors, the Visigoths. Burriel’s liturgical scholarship had a nationalist flavor, like that of his contemporaries; he considered the medieval liturgical manuscripts in Toledo Cathedral a national treasure that was not well enough known in Spain while most work on the Old Hispanic rite was published abroad. The differences that Burriel noticed between the Cisneros editions and the medieval manuscripts were problematic, considering the status of the Mozarabic liturgy as a cultural icon. The chapter relates Burriel’s interest in the Mozarabic rite to the contemporary debate concerning the status of the Mozarabs and their tax exemptions in eighteenth-century Toledo.

Keywords: Burriel; Cisneros; Ferdinand VI; Mozarabic chant; Mozarabic rite; Mozarabs; Palomares; Toledo; Visigoths

Chapter.  10851 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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