The benedictional used to be a bishop's ebook, containing the prayers which just a bishop (or archbishop) may perhaps pronounce whilst he acknowledged mass, frequently a lavish creation. numerous have survived from Anglo-Saxon England and those have lately been attracting the eye of liturgists and palaeographers. probably the most very important is the 'Canterbury Benedictional', now London, British Library, Harley 2892, written at Christ Church, Canterbury, round the heart of the 11th century. The 'Canterbury Benedictional' offers a beneficial list of liturgical observance on the seat of the English archbishop. particularly, it offers an entire checklist of the cult of saints on the metropolitan see within the final days of the Anglo-Saxon church. The Latin textual content is observed through an advent and precise liturgical notes within which the relationships among the surviving Anglo-Saxon benedictionals and their continental antecedents are set out for the 1st time. The e-book might be of curiosity to scholars of the medieval liturgy, and to historians of the Anglo-Saxon church. First released 1917.
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