Salisbury, hymns and hymnals

The Use of Salisbury or Sarum was the most influential and widespread secular liturgy in the British Isles in the later Middle Ages. (For a detailed overview of its history and influence see Sandon, 2001, pp. 159-60.) The origins and early development of the Use are obscure: the earliest surviving service book dates from the end of the 12th century. In the early 13th century the town of Old Sarum was moved to a new site two miles away, which became known as New Sarum or Salisbury. Richard Poore, the dean, oversaw the move and the building of a new cathedral and likewise a major codification of the liturgy. The formation of a diocesan liturgical and chant repertory was part of the way in...

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