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dc.contributor.advisorDawson, Jane
dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Stewart
dc.contributor.authorHolmes, Stephen Mark Augustine
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-28T13:19:42Z
dc.date.available2016-10-28T13:19:42Z
dc.date.issued2013-07-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/17066
dc.description.abstractLiturgical interpretation is the application of the methods of patristic and medieval biblical exegesis to public worship. This thesis examines for the first time its importance in the religious culture of Scotland during a period of renaissance and reformation. The first section defines the genres and method involved with reference to the most popular liturgical commentary of that time, the Rationale divinorum officiorum of William Durandus of Mende (c.1230-1296). The reasons for the decline of this genre and its neglect by modern scholarship are then explored. The central section of the thesis employs a wide variety of evidence, including material culture, to argue, firstly, that liturgical interpretation was a fundamental part of the culture of Catholic Scotland; secondly, that interest in it was a sign of commitment to Catholic reform. It is also argued that it had an important place in the education system and influenced the design and understanding of churches and their furnishings. Drawing upon inscriptions in liturgical commentaries, networks of clergy in Scotland committed to Catholic reform and the liturgy are identified. The ‘Aberdeen liturgists’ were the most significant group. Formed by Bishop Elphinstone of Aberdeen who was consecrated in 1488, it is shown that their influence lasted beyond 1560 and created a distinctive religious culture in the North-East. The final section examines what happened to this intellectual tradition during the period of the Scottish reformations, both the Catholic reform associated with Archbishop Hamilton in the 1550s and the Protestant reform which triumphed in 1559-60. While interest in liturgical interpretation survived in Aberdeen after 1560, its use by Catholic writers declined in the later sixteenth century. A Reformed version of liturgical interpretation did, however, emerge combining an anti-commentary on the Catholic liturgy with the use of aspects of the medieval method to interpret the liturgy of the Reformed church. This can be found in official Protestant texts and, in its fullest form, in the 1590 sermons on the Lord’s Supper by Robert Bruce. This hitherto unnoticed genre demonstrates an important continuity across the Reformation divide. It suggests that ‘the Scottish Reformation’ is best seen as a phenomenon which was both Catholic and Protestant and that the reformers on both sides had more in common than they or subsequent historians allow.en
dc.contributor.sponsorArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)en
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dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionHolmes, Augustine [Stephen Mark], ‘Sixteenth Century Pluscarden Priory and its World’, IR 58.1 (2007), 35-71.en
dc.relation.hasversionHolmes, Stephen Mark, ‘The Meaning of History: A Dedicatory Letter from Giovanni Ferrerio to Abbot Robert Reid in his Historia abbatum de Kynloss’, RRR 10.1 (2008), 89-115.en
dc.relation.hasversionHolmes, Stephen Mark, ‘Reading the Church: William Durandus and a New Approach to the History of Ecclesiology’, Ecclesiology 7 (2011), 29-49.en
dc.relation.hasversionHolmes, Stephen Mark, ‘Catalogue of Liturgical Books and Fragments in Scotland before 1560’, IR 62.2 (2011), 127–212.en
dc.relation.hasversionHolmes, Stephen Mark, ‘“Defyle not Chrysts Kirk with your Carrion”: William Durandus (c.1230-96), a Medieval View of Burial’, in Michael Penman, ed, Monuments and Monumentality across Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Proceedings of the 2011 Stirling Conference (Donington, 2013), 212-23.en
dc.relation.hasversionHolmes, Stephen Mark, ‘Historiography of the Scottish Reformation: The Catholics Fight Back?’, in Studies in Church History 49: The Church on its Past (Woodbridge, 2013), 298-311.en
dc.relation.hasversionMcRoberts, David and Stephen Mark Holmes, Lost Interiors: the Furnishings of Scottish Churches in the Later Middle Ages (Edinburgh, 2012).en
dc.subjectScotlanden
dc.subjectRenaissanceen
dc.subjectliturgyen
dc.subjectworshipen
dc.subjectreformen
dc.subjectCatholic Churchen
dc.titleLiturgical interpretation and Church reform in Renaissance Scotland c.1488-c.1590en
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen
dc.rights.embargodate2100-12-31en
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