Liturgists and Dance in the Twelfth Century: The Witness of John Beleth and Sicard of Cremona1

@article{Mews2009LiturgistsAD,
  title={Liturgists and Dance in the Twelfth Century: The Witness of John Beleth and Sicard of Cremona1},
  author={C. Mews},
  journal={Church History},
  year={2009},
  volume={78},
  pages={512 - 548}
}
  • C. Mews
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • Church History
  • Dancing is not often associated with Christian liturgy, at least in modern experience. Yet according to the Mitralis de Officio of Sicard, bishop of Cremona (1185–1215), composed about 1200, the circular dance (chorea) provides a key metaphor for understanding the liturgy of Easter. Sicard here draws together two earlier discussions of the subject, both from the twelfth century and of enormously wide influence, manifesting a more positive attitude toward dance than found in many early medieval… CONTINUE READING
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