By Timothy M. Thibodeau
The Rationale Divinorum Officiorum is arguably an important medieval treatise at the symbolism of church structure and rituals of worship. Written by way of the French bishop William Durand of Mende (1230-1296), the treatise is ranked with the Bible as probably the most often copied and disseminated texts in all of medieval Christianity. It served as an encyclopedic compendium and textbook for liturgists and continues to be an crucial advisor for knowing the importance of medieval ecclesiastical artwork and worship ceremonies.
This ebook marks the 1st English translation of the prologue and ebook one of many Rationale in nearly centuries. Timothy M. Thibodeau starts with a short biography of William Durand and a dialogue of the significance of the paintings in the course of its time. Thibodeau compares past translations of the Rationale within the medieval interval and later on. Then he provides his translation of the prologue and booklet one. The prologue discusses the foundations of allegorical interpretation of the liturgy, whereas ebook one gains designated descriptions of many of the elements of the church and its ecclesiastical embellishes. It additionally positive factors large remark on cemeteries, a variety of rites of consecration and commitment, and a dialogue of the sacraments.
Thibodeau is a well-respected historian who has released broadly at the background of Christianity and the liturgy of the medieval Church. he's additionally coeditor of the serious variation of the Rationale in Latin. His translation is an vital advisor for either students and normal readers who desire to realize a richer knowing of medieval paintings, structure, and culture.
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The Rationale Divinorum Officiorum of William Durand of Mende: A New Translation of the Prologue and Book One (Records of Western Civilization Series) by Timothy M. Thibodeau