The liturgical books of the Carthusian monastery of Evora (Portugal) witness the constitution of a Cartusian collection and the changes in the Cartusian liturgy at the end of the 16th century

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The musical collection of the Charterhouse of Évora owns manuscripts and printed books well known by researchers, with the exception of one antiphonary kept in the Palácio Duques do Cadaval, which I identify as being a Carthusian book. Built at the end of the sixteenth century, the Charterhouse of Évora (Scala Coeli) is the !rst Portuguese charterhouse. Although written or printed at the end of the sixteenth century, or at the beginning of the seventeenth, the books used in the Charterhouse of Évora bear witness to a liturgical tradition as ancient as the Middle Ages. Generally stable, the Carthusian liturgy, nonetheless, su"ered some changes rati!ed at the end of the sixteenth century. The books of the Charterhouse of Évora are thus testimonies to the integration of these changes into the Carthusian liturgy. They also bear witness to the constitution of a liturgical collection for the daily recitation of the divine o#ce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-134
Number of pages14
JournalActa Musicologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Carthusians
  • liturgy
  • manuscripts
  • plainchan
  • Teotónio de Bragança

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