Henry Bradshaw Society

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Welcome to the website of the Henry Bradshaw Society.

The Henry Bradshaw Society was founded in 1890 to publish editions and facsimiles of rare liturgical texts. It is now a Registered Charity (no. 278781) under UK law. To date the Society has issued 118 volumes in its main series, the great majority being concerned with medieval subjects. It is one of the longest-established and most widely respected series in its field, and its ongoing collection provides a resource for the study of the medieval Church whose importance is internationally recognised. We also publish a series of occasional Subsidia volumes, which include extended monographs whose subjects fall within the area of our interests.

The Society's main publications are issued free to members in return for their subscriptions, and members are also entitled to discounts on available back-numbers, reprints and Subsidia volumes. The present pages give further information about membership, and details of the personnel and constitution of the Society. There are also pages which list the books currently available together with news of forthcoming volumes, and comprehensive listings of all HBS publications since the Society's foundation and of the manuscripts edited in them. The links at the top of this and the other pages enable navigation of the site.

The international firm of Boydell & Brewer acts as our publishers, and their web-site catalogue also contains details of all currently-available HBS volumes.

In memoriam

Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB

The Society notes with great sadness the death early on 16 January 2017 of our President, the Right Reverend Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB.

An obituary notice is here.


Professor Dick Pfaff

The Society is sorry to report the death of its long-standing Vice-President Professor Dick Pfaff on 10 July 2016.
An obituary notice was published in the Online Newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Salon, issue 369, the second of the obituaries in this issue.

A Memorial Service of Choral Vespers will be held in Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, on Friday 12th May 2017 at 6 p.m. for the Revd Prof. Richard William Pfaff (1936-2016), Vice-President of the Henry Bradshaw Society; Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, 1957-9; Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967-2006; Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1990-1.

The service will be directed by Mark Williams, Informator Choristarum, and sung by the Academical Clerks of Magdalen. The music will feature plainsong and music by Monteverdi, one of Dick’s favourite composers. All are welcome to this free service. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more details, contact the Revd Dr. Jonathan Arnold, Dean of Divinity, Magdalen College, Oxford (choir@magd.ox.ac.uk).

A new series of seminars on the history of liturgy

sponsored by the Henry Bradshaw Society, takes place approximately monthly on Monday evenings at the Institute of Historical Research in the Senate House of the University of London. The programme is posted here, and will be updated periodically.

The history of the Henry Bradshaw Society

Further information about the early history of the Society can be found in: A.Ward and C.Johnson, ‘The Henry Bradshaw Society: Its Birth and First Decade 1890–1900’, Ephemerides Liturgicae 104 (1990) 187–200. By kind permission of the authors and editors, we are able to make a PDF version of this article available. You may download it from here.

Annual Meeting

The Society has an annual business meeting, usually held in London shortly after Easter. More details can be found here.