Processional Liturgy in the Urban Space of seventh-century Tarragona

Emma C Hornby, Eduardo Carrero Santamara, Rebecca Maloy

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Abstract

The Verona Orational, copied in Tarragona in the early eighth century, contains processional rubrics hinting at liturgical movement between churches on Carnes Tollendas Sunday at the beginning of Lent. The rubrics mention three places: Holy Jerusalem, Saint Fructuosus’s and Saint Peter’s. This essay examines the processional rubrics in tandem with the urban architecture of Visigothic Tarragona to place these processions as nearly as possible in their topographical context. We also consider the likely character of the chants sung during the processions, drawing both on the Verona Orational texts and the processional chants for Carnes Tollendas Sunday preserved in later manuscripts. This unique sonic and spatial experience signalled the beginning of Lent to the entire city, Christianizing the urban space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-269
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Medieval Iberian Studies
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Leverhulme Trust [grant number INT2016-034]; Leverhulme-funded International Network “Processional Chants in Early Medieval Iberia: Liturgy, Melody, Continuity” (2017–2021); a Leverhulme Trust International Visiting Professorship, which Eduardo Carrero Santamaría held at the University of Bristol (2021–2023), and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant “Cultural Identity, Evolution and Transition in the Cults of Medieval Iberian Saints” (2019–2024).

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Leverhulme-funded International Network “Processional Chants in Early Medieval Iberia: Liturgy, Melody, Continuity” (2017–2021); a Leverhulme Trust International Visiting Professorship, which Eduardo Carrero Santamaría held at the University of Bristol (2021–2023), and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant “Cultural Identity, Evolution and Transition in the Cults of Medieval Iberian Saints” (2019–2024).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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