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Religious Women in Early Carolingian FranciaA Study of Manuscript Transmission and Monastic Culture$
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Felice Lifshitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256877

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256877.001.0001

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Chapter Eight“Concerning Virgins, I Have No Commandment of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:25): Consecrated Women and Altar Service in the Anglo-Saxon Cultural Province in Francia

Chapter Eight“Concerning Virgins, I Have No Commandment of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:25): Consecrated Women and Altar Service in the Anglo-Saxon Cultural Province in Francia

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(p.185) Chapter Eight“Concerning Virgins, I Have No Commandment of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:25): Consecrated Women and Altar Service in the Anglo-Saxon Cultural Province in Francia
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Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia
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Felice Lifshitz

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256877.003.0008

This chapter argues that the consecrated women of Karlburg and Kitzingen played a large variety of active roles, including liturgical ones, in the lay communities over which they ruled, and whose “peoples’ churches” (Volkskirchen) they controlled. It is based largely on analysis of two manuscripts: Würzburg, Universitätsbibliothek M.p.th.q.32, a unique combined sacramentary and lectionary produced (the chapter argues) at and for Karlburg during the second half of the eighth century, and Würzburg, Universitätsbibliothek M.p.th.q. 18, an eighth-century English copy of Isidore of Seville’s De ecclesiasticis officiis owned and used by the cathedral of Würzburg. Both liturgical manuscripts supported women’s active participation in the liturgy, the former primarily through its choice of readings for various Christian feasts, the latter through its unique edits to and reorganization of Isidore’s treatise.

Keywords:   Nuns as liturgists, Nuns and altar service, Consecrated women and Christian liturgy, Peoples’ churches (Volkskirchen), Würzburg, Universitätsbibliothek M.p.th.q.32, Sacramentaries, Lectionaries, Würzburg, Universitätsbibliothek M.p.th.q. 18, Isidore of Seville, De ecclesiasticis officiis

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