The author’s thesis is that from the beginning of the establishment of the so-called Franko-Roman Liturgy (thus at the latest from the Carolingian era) the texts of the Bible were primarily mediated to the literate population through liturgical and liturgical-musical culture. Thus the quotation of Biblical texts was greatly influenced by their liturgical use, and the knowledge connected to them as a result of it. Texts written for a wider audience were based on passages common in, or only found in liturgical use. Such are the pericopes (designated passages of the Bible) of larger Holidays and more common events, and the sung liturgical elements connected to these Holidays, or other important dates. This background knowledge influenced not only works of a religious nature, but also chiefly secular texts, among these historiographic writings. The paper analyses a short excerpt from a Hungarian chronicle (Chronici Hungarici compositio saeculi XIV, c. 164), proving that it is a cento of commonly used, and thus well-known liturgical texts from the Bible.
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Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
2020 Volume 60
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia
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