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Liturgical Pageantry in Private Spaces

in Reading in the Wilderness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226071329
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226071343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226071343.003.0005
Liturgical Pageantry in Private Spaces

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This chapter considers the question of hermits in the world by examining the inclusion in the Additional 37049 of a complex of popular prayers that use liturgical texts and images to enact piety. It suggests that the words and pictures combined in this manuscript reproduce liturgical practices and seek to perform the essence of salvation. The chapter also contends that the privatizing of the communal liturgy in the words and pictures of Additional 37049 affects the generic affiliations through which we read and interpret its texts, and that the liturgy in this Carthusian miscellany is the hinge around which private prayer turns into readerly performance.

Keywords: popular prayers; liturgical texts; hermits; Additional 37049; liturgical practices; salvation; communal liturgy; Carthusian miscellany; readerly performance

Chapter.  13976 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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