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Parish music in late-medieval England: local, regional, national identities

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Magnus Williamson



A study of regional cultural transmission in England from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-sixteenth century. English parish records are among the best in Europe, and reveal a picture of lay activism in creating and sustaining local musical traditions. Investment in organs and singers was motivated partly by piety, but also by civic pride and an awareness of forms of cultural expression in other communities, both neighbouring and far-flung. This creates a paradox: as elevated forms of worship become more widely dispersed, and more frequently appropriated as expressions of local piety, they become more homogeneous and less localised.

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Author(s): Williamson M

Editor(s): B. Kümin & M. Ferrari

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Pfarreien in der Vormoderne: Identität und Kultur im Niederkirchenwesen Europas

Year: 2017

Volume: 146

Pages: 209-244

Print publication date: 01/03/2017

Acceptance date: 05/02/2016

Series Title: Wolfenbütteler Forschungen

Publisher: Harrassowitz

Place Published: Wiesbaden


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ISBN: 9783447104883