The feast of Corpus Christi, one of the most solemn feasts of the Latin Church, can be traced to the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 and its resolution of disputes over the nature of the Eucharist. The feast was first celebrated in Liege in 1246, thanks largely to the efforts of a religious woman, Juliana of Mont Cornillon, who not only popularized the feast but also wrote key elements of an original office. This volume presents for the first time a complete set of source materials germane to the study of the feast of Corpus Christi. In addition to the multiple versions of the original Latin liturgy as well as a set of poems in Old French and their English translations, the book includes complete transcriptions of the music associated with the feast. An introductory essay lays out the historical context for understanding the initiation and reception of the feast.
Barbara R. Walters is Associate Professor of Sociology at The City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College and SPS, University Center. Vincent Corrigan is Professor of Musicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Peter T. Ricketts is Honorary Professor of French Studies at the University of Birmingham.