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York, hymns and hymnals

York, hymns and hymnals. The Use of York was one of the major secular liturgies of the British Isles in the later Middle Ages. It was used at York Minster and in parish churches across northern England from at least the 13th century to the Reformation. The origins of York’s hymn repertory are found in the New Hymnal, a 9th-century collection of hymns compiled in the Frankish Empire (see ‘Medieval hymns and hymnals’*). Its first appearance in England was probably as a result of the 10th-century monastic reforms. The New Hymnal formed the basis of the hymn repertories of the majority of secular and monastic liturgies in post-Conquest England, most of its contents remaining in use until the...

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