Downside MS 61166 and the Processional Liturgy of Poissy

Edward J Sutcliffe

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Downside 61166 is a very small manuscript processional – a highly portable book of chants and music for liturgical processions. The present article contains the first full description of Downside 61166 and demonstrates for the first time that it was written for the Dominican nuns of the Priory of Saint Louis, Poissy. Well over 30 other late-medieval processionals from Poissy are known to survive, and this unassuming little Downside manuscript is therefore part of an important corpus of material, promising rich and detailed evidence for the evolution of liturgical text and practice within a female monastic context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages37
JournalThe Downside Review
Early online date3 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2019


  • Dominican nuns
  • downside
  • liturgy
  • medieval manuscripts
  • Poissy
  • processional


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