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686book reviews repeated rendition of au ("adjoining" or often "behind") as "in" or "on," to produce such nonsensical locations as "the domus ... in the chevet'^. 77) and "a cloister within the chevet" (p. 138). The French original ofLa cathédrale, described by Salet as "dense" and "serious ," is a modestly produced volume that could be purchased in 1990 for about $35.00 (195 francs). The Cambridge version is a lavish tome on glossy paper that costs two-and-a-half times more. It is far too expensive to assign to students , and scholar/teachers wiU prefer to stick with the more understandable French. Nice looking at it is, then, it is not clear to me for whom this translation is intended. Dale Kinney Bryn Mawr College Law and Liturgy in the Latin Church, 5th-12th Centuries. By Roger E. Reynolds . [Variorum CoUected Studies Series, CS 457.] (Brookfield,Vermont: Variorum,Ashgate PubUshing Company. 1994. Pp. xii, 318. $89.95.) Canon law collections are arguably the single most important source for the thought and activity of western Christian society over a rniUennium of its history , containing not only legal texts, but much else reflecting Christian norms of behavior, beUef, and practice. Liturgical commentaries are found in canon law coUections because interpretation quickly came to be added to legislation on the kturgy. The theme ofthe essays coUected here is that the study ofthe Uturgy in the Middle Ages was carried out largely in the domain of canon law. Roger Reynolds, distinguished historian ofthe liturgy and ofcanon law,is recognized internationaUy for his pioneer work in identifying and exploiting the contents of myriad unpubUshed canonical coUections from the fifth through the twelfth centuries in his pursuit of Uturgical commentaries. In this smaU selection of his prodigious writing over the past quarter-century, Reynolds exposes the interest ofcanon law coUections for both specialists and non-speciaUsts. Some samples: in "Unity and Diversity in Carolingian Canon Law CoUections: The Case of the 'CoUectio Hibernensis' and its Derivatives" he shows that the Irish "CoUectio Hibernensis"did not disappear with the Carolingian Reform and the effort to encourage Roman models, but flourished in areas of Charlemagne's domains with long Celtic traditions, and even close to Rome, in central and southern Italy. In "Canon Law CoUections in Early Ninth-century Salzburg," Reynolds' vast knowledge of "para-canonical" texts—patristic and early medieval texts that were incorporated into canon law coUections—helps one to see how canonical collections functioned as Uving guides for the clergy, changing their contents to meet the clergy's needs. In "Pseudonymous Litúrgica in Early Medieval Canon Law CoUections," the author makes the unexpected remark that canon law coUections are one of the richest sources of fanciful Utur- BOOK REVIEWS687 gical commentaries, and that these owe their popularity and diffusion to incorporation in canon law collections. In"Rites of Separation and Reconcikation in the Early Middle Ages" he beautifuUy illustrates the historical and Uturgical context of excommunications, anathemas, clamors, clerical degradation, interdicts, and exorcisms. In "Liturgical Scholarship at the Time of the Investiture Controversy : Past Research and Future Opportunities" Reynolds Usts some of the surprisingly many StUl unedited liturgical commentaries from this critical era of new interest in law and liturgy. Eleven of the essays contain first editions oftexts, ranging from a fragment of the Greek liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Beneventan script (Essay XhT) to a commentary on the meaning of Septuagésima in a Catalan codex (Essay XV), Peace and Truce of God formulae from southern Italy (Essay XI), and embeUishments of a pseudo-correspondence between Pope Damasus I and Jerome on the Mass (Essay XII). The volume concludes with an index ofmanuscripts cited, making accessible the lode of manuscript information Reynolds invariably includes in his articles, unattainable elsewhere. Susan A. Keefe Duke University Cultural Interplay in the Eighth Century: The Trier Gospels and the Making ofa Scriptorium at Echternach. By Nancy Netzer. [Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, 3·] (NewYork: Cambridge University Press. 1994. Pp. xvi, 258. $64.95.) The Trier Gospels (Trier, Cathedral Treasury, Ms. 61) are fascinating but little known. Their obscurity stems in part from their location, a Ubrary off the beaten track of most students of...


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