Liturgy and Law in a Dalmatian City
The Bishop's Book of Kotor
PIMS, Toronto 2016
Scheda a cura di: Gyug R.F.
manuscript that is the subject of this study and edition constitutes a rich
source for the study of the society and culture of the southern Dalmatian
coast. The major parts of the manuscript were written in the mid-twelfth
century, perhaps for the dedication in 1166 of the new cathedral of Kotor in
southern Dalmatia, now Montenegro. The core of the manuscript, functioned as a
liturgical compendium for the use of the cathedral and bishop of Kotor. The
contents of the manuscript and its layers of composition reveal a complex
history of civic development, cultural interactions and liturgical creativity.
The sermons are unusual new texts; and the documentary additions, which are
among the earliest statutes in Dalmatia, shed light on the history and legal
development of the city and region. The volume is prefaced by a comprehensive
historical introduction that provides an extensive history of Kotor and its
church, as well as a codicological analysis of the manuscript and discussion of
its contents, with particular attention to the sources of the liturgical and
canonicoliturgical items and their arrangement.