Sarum use and disuse: a study in social and liturgical history

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M.A. in Theological Studies


Department of Religious Studies


Advisor: Michael Steven Carter


Academic study of the Sarum Use, or the Use of Salisbury, the dominant liturgical tradition of medieval England, has long been overshadowed by a perception of triviality and eccentric antiquarianism inherited from the nineteenth century. Further, the Sarum Use has been in relative disuse in the Roman Catholic Church since the early seventeenth century. Using primarily the research of Eamon Duffy and Richard Pfaff, this thesis seeks to readdress both of these aspects of the Sarum Use and argues that because of the unique history and experience of the English Church in the period following the English Reformation, the Sarum liturgy holds an important place in English religious history. The thesis argues for the revival of serious academic interest in Sarum itself as well as for the active renewal of the Sarum tradition for contemporary Catholic liturgical use within the context of the Church.


Catholic Church. Use of Sarum, Catholic Church England Salisbury Liturgy, Catholic Church Liturgy Texts Early works to 1800, Catholic Church. Missal (Salisbury), Medieval Literature, Medieval History, Middle Ages, Clergy, European Studies, Religion, British and Irish Literature, Catholic history, English history, Medieval liturgy, Salisbury, Sarum, Use of Sarum

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