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Political, Religious and Social Conflict in the States of Savoy, 1400–1700

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Edited By Sarah Alyn Stacey

Taking conflict as its collective theme, this book brings together the work of early modern specialists to offer a range of insights into the political, social and religious climate in Savoy between 1400 and 1700. The contributors focus on the broader context of early modern European history, making clear the sometimes overlooked political and historical significance of Savoy. The volume explores the diverse mechanisms whereby political, social and religious conflicts were articulated with reference to a wide range of primary sources, many of which are unpublished. The chapters offer important perspectives on subjects such as: the diplomatic relations between the court of Savoy and certain foreign powers during a time of European unrest; the role of propaganda; the construction of national and religious identities; and persecution and resistance, notably in relation to the Reformation and the Waldensians. The conclusions that are established advance a better understanding of the history of Savoy and of the broader conflicts shaping Europe in the early modern period.
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The Waldensian Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin: The Sermons and Lectionary of MS Du 267

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Central to the history of conflict in Savoy and Piedmont in the Early Modern Period is the hostility encountered by the Waldensian movement.1 In this chapter, I shall focus on a Waldensian lectionary – a book showing the Bible readings (lectiones) planned for Sundays and for the feasts of the liturgical year – preserved in the Old Library of Trinity College Dublin. This is contained in Manuscript Du 267 dating from the sixteenth century.2 I shall seek to shed light specifically on the relationship between this ← 185 | 186 → lectionary and that used by the Roman Church to determine in what way and to what extent the medieval Waldensians distanced themselves from Roman liturgical and preaching practices.

We know of three lectionaries that have been handed down as part of the twenty or so codices that make up the Waldensian corpus in Old Occitan language.3 Arguably, the one included in Du 267 is the most important because, unlike the others, it not only mentions the pericopes for each feast day, but also contains a large selection of the sermons on which they are based.4 ← 186 | 187 → For this reason, the lectionary preserved in Du 267 may be termed a ‘sermonary’ rather than a lectionary stricto sensu.5

The sermonary of Du 267, entitled Epistollas e Avangelis de tot l’an, covers only a part of the liturgical year, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent and ending on the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. In total, the lectionary includes, therefore,...

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