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Walsh, Peter G.; Husch, Christopher, ed. and trans., One Hundred Latin Hymns (Cambridge: Harvard University Press)

Text name(s): One Hundred Latin Hymns: Amberose to Aquinas; One Hundred Latin Hymns

Number of pages of primary source text: 377


Dates: 340 - 1274

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: The original Latin text appears on the left of the page opening and the English translation appears on the right.

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Spain
  • Middle East
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • France
  • British Isles
  • England
  • Bohemia

County/Region: Milan; Dacia Mediterranea; Tarraconensis; Iona; Monkwearmouth; Orléans; Mainz; Burgundy; Jerusalem; Paris; Albano; Centerbury; Tagliacozzo

Record Types: 

  • Liturgy

Subject Headings: 

  • Piety
  • Music
  • Clergy - Priests Bishops, Canons
  • Clergy - Monks Nuns, Friars
  • Religion - Institutional Church


  • Index
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


Printed source is divided by author, each section containing a series of hymns composed by that author

  • Printed source contains two indices: 1) Index of Incipits and 2) General Index
  • Appendix (123 pp): Notes to the Text and Translations – divided into sections by author.

Introduction Summary: 

  • Introduction (18 pp) begins with a brief introduction to the history and role of hymns in medieval society. The introduction then splits off into thirteen sections that progress chronologically, geographically, and or thematically through brief biographies of the authors of the hymns.
  • 1. Discussion of Ambrose (ca. 334-397) and his innovations.
  • 2. The discussion of authorship of the Te Deum.
  • 3. Ambrose’s influence of Prudentius (348-410) and the compositions of Prudentius.
  • 4. The influence of Ambrose on Sedulius and Ennodius (472-521) and the compositions of Sedulius and Ennodius. The compositions and history of Venantius Fortunas (ca. 535-610).
  • 5. Brief history of the Old Hymnal which originated when Benedict made hymns part of the daily office in his rule (ca. 540).
  • 6. Brief history of the New Hymnal and its appearance in Durham in the mid-tenth century.
  • 7. The tradition of hymns in Ireland and the Anglo-Saxon world. Discussion of Columba (ca. 521-597), Aethelwald, the Venerable Bede (ca. 673-735), and Alcuin of York (ca. 740-804).
  • 8. The influence of Alcuin of York’s presence at the court of Aachen and Tours. The authorship of Paul the Deacon, Paulinus of Aquileia, and Theodulf of Orléans (ca. 750-821).
  • 9. The influence of the Carolingian revival of learning on monasteries and hymn composition
  • 10. The transformation of hymns into poetic form and the compositions of Wipo and Hermannus Contractus. The tradition of composition in the cathedral schools in France and the contributions of Fulbert (970-1038) and Peter Abelard (1079-1142).
  • 11. Description of the influence and compositions of Adam of Saint Victor (d. 1146)
  • 12. Latin hymns after the rise of the orders of friars and discussion of the works of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274).
  • 13. The incorporation of these hymns into the Roman Breviary.

Cataloger: HMG