MedievalLiturgy.com is a website being developed by John F. Romano, Ph.D., L.M.S., an Assistant Professor at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. While working on his dissertation, Romano became intrigued by medieval liturgy and contemplated how best to advance its study. He concluded that a website would be the best way to provide resources for academic study: it would be free, updated regularly, and available to everyone with an Internet connection.
MedievalLiturgy.com Resources for the study of the public worship of the Latin West in the Middle Ages (ca. 500-ca.1500)
To provide a useful investigative tool for scholars doing research in the field of medieval liturgy in the Latin West, both for those specializing in the liturgy and those who study the Middle Ages more broadly and want guidelines on how to explore its worship in-depth.
To encourage the exploration of medieval liturgy. Too often, the study of liturgy is seen as the preserve of a limited number of scholars. By providing this website, new interest will be generated in its study, and in this process, old liturgical texts will receive new scholarly insight.
The heart of the website will be a far-reaching scholarly bibliography for the study of Western medieval liturgy. Significant research has appeared since the two standard printed bibliographies on the subject and medievalliturgy.com is the ideal place to continue the tradition. (Cyrille Vogel, Medieval Liturgy: An Introduction to the Sources. Trans. and Revised William G. Storey and Niels Krogh Rasmussen. Washington, D.C.: The Pastoral Press, 1986; and Richard W. Pfaff, Medieval Latin Liturgy: A Select Bibliography. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982).
My plan is threefold:
To provide an extensive bibliography of the most recent editions of primary works
To give the standard secondary works from past liturgical research
To offer bibliography on scholarship produced in the last twenty years
An online site instead of a printed bibliographies has many benefits:
It will be completely comprehensive - No space restrictions of traditional publication and therefore, no limits on choices or frustrating omission of material.
It can be easily updated so it's always current.
Any oversights or errors can be immediately corrected by input from users of the website.
As the bibliography expands, supplementary information for the books and articles listed will be added:
Links to the bibliographical information from the Library of Congress will be provided.
Listing of where reviews of monographs can be found
Which articles and books can be found online and on what services
Primary sources of the liturgy that have fallen out of copyright will be provided for scholarly use. This would include translations of important liturgical sources. These would be easy to download from the site. In addition, I will post translations of liturgical documents for the use of other scholars and students. This page is under construction, but already has three editions and one translation posted.