The Liturgical Drama in Medieval Spain

The Liturgical Drama in Medieval Spain

The Liturgical Drama in Medieval Spain

The Liturgical Drama in Medieval Spain

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Unless otherwise indicated, the Spanish liturgical texts presented in this study have been edited from the original sources, and previous editions are mentioned where there have been such. Pointed brackets are used to indicate editorial additions.

A special word might perhaps be said about the bibliography. Amongst the list of manuscript sources are included not only works consulted for this monograph, but also other codices which I was unable to locate. Many of the latter are of the type that frequently contain liturgical plays or information about them. They are therefore important, and their discovery would doubtless increase our knowledge of the liturgical drama in medieval Spain. The bibliography should thus serve as a helpful guide to those who wish to do further research in the subject. As the reader must realize, the list of manuscripts was by no means easy to draw up, since catalogues or inventories of many Spanish ecclesiastical libraries and archives have not as yet been published. Consequently, in many cases, only personal investigation could disclose what manuscripts have been preserved. At present the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, under the able direction of D. Tomás Marín and Mr. G. Fink, is actively engaged in drawing up and publishing inventories of the manuscript collections of ecclesiastical libraries in Spain. The volume on the cathedral of Tarazona, I believe, has already appeared, and that on Seville will soon follow. Dom A. Olivar, O.S.B., of the monastery of Montserrat, has recently announced the proximate publication of a general inventory of all Catalan liturgical manuscripts still extant in Catalonia or elsewhere (Hispania Sacra, VIII, 1955, 439). This work will be anxiously awaited by all investigators of medieval liturgy.

It would be difficult to acknowledge adequately my indebtedness to the many persons whose encouragement and assistance have made this monograph possible. My thanks must be extended, first of all, to the eminent scholar and charming gentleman, Professor Erich Auerbach of Yale University, whose stimulating lectures first aroused my interest in the subject of the medieval religious drama. This work had its origin in a paper written for one of his courses, and with his encouragement it was subsequently presented, in its developed form, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Yale University.

Anyone writing upon the liturgical drama of the Middle Ages must realize the debt he owes to the late Karl Young, whose crowning achievement . . .

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