Interpreting Medieval Liturgy c500–1500 AD: Text and Performance

As has been recognised by many scholars in recent years, ritualised actions played an important role in medieval religious, social and political life. At the same time there has been an increasing interest in liturgical sources. This AHRC International Research Network brought together historians, musicologists, literary scholars, theologians, palaeographers and art and architectural historians, to discuss the problems involved in studying the surviving evidence for occasional services in three meetings in 2009 and 2010, and also led to an iteration of the Sarum Rite for the Reconciliation of Penitents in a medieval church, videos of which are available on our YouTube playlist below.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the research network 'Interpreting Medieval Liturgy c500–1500 AD: Text and Performance' was convened by Sarah Hamilton at the University of Exeter and Helen Gittos at the University of Kent.

This research project is a part of the College of Humanities Visual Culture initiative.