'The Lay Folks' Mass Book' and Thomas Frederick Simmons: medievalism and the Tractarians

Jasper, D. and Smith, J. (2019) 'The Lay Folks' Mass Book' and Thomas Frederick Simmons: medievalism and the Tractarians. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 70(4), pp. 785-804. (doi: 10.1017/S002204691900054X)

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Thomas Frederick Simmons (1815-84) combined his ecclesiastical duties and liturgical interests with editing the fourteenth-century Middle English Lay folks’ mass book (1879) for the Early English Text Society, with the aim of showing the continuity of the English Church from the medieval period through the Reformation. In the light of modern scholarship, this article recontextualises both medieval text and Simmons’s own editorial practice, and shows how Simmons, as a second generation Tractarian churchman, sought in this text – and others associated with it – evidence for the Church of England’s Catholic underpinning in an imagined medieval English Church.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jasper, Professor David and Smith, Professor Jeremy
Authors: Jasper, D., and Smith, J.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-7637
Published Online:26 April 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 70(4):785-804
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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