The Reliquary Volume 5

The Reliquary Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Crown 8vo., pp. ix., 119. Longmans, Green, and Co. Price 5-r. This is a very interesting book, and if Mr. Littlehales will undertake to print some other manuscript prymers as well, he will do a very useful piece of work. We are glad that he has in the present case contented himself with giving a facsimile of one page only, and has transcribed and printed the prymer as a whole. Its interest is far reaching. The student of English life in the middle ages is here brought face to face with the recognised book of prayers used by educated people of the wealthier classes. The student of philology will of course find very much to interest and instruct him; and the liturgical scholar will greet with no small satisfaction the appearance in print of any of the books of prayers used by our forefathers in the middle ages. For, although these books are in no sense liturgical, yet they throw a side light on much that comes within the scope of enquiry and observation on the part of the student of liturgical offices. Here, for instance, we have the Dirige and Placebo in English, as they must so often have been recited for the repose of the souls first of one, and then of another. To the general reader of such a book as this, the chief interest lies in the early vernacular forms he will come across of psalms and prayers which are familiar on his own lips. The prymer which Mr. Littlehales has transcribed and printed, belongs to the "Master Fellows and Scholars" of St. John's College, Cambridge. Why does Mr. Littlehales dedicate his book so awkwardly, to the "authorities of the College of St. John, Cambridge? " It begins with a calendar of considerable interest, but to which we cannot further refer than to say that it contains in July the...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846583
  • 9781236846587