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Rebecca Swanson, Universitat de Barcelona
Roda d’Isàvena, a Pyrenean Gateway for knowledge: recovering its cultural and religious role
The presented paper aims to set forth the important role played by the cathedral library of Roda d’Isàvena within the phenomenon of the introduction and consolidation of the Roman liturgical Reform in north Hispania during the 11 and 12th century. By the reconstruction of the library’s contents, now widely scattered and consequently neglected, evidences regarding the concerns on roman liturgical practices in Roda d’Isàvena can be stablished before the accomplishment of the official liturgical change of 1071 in San Juan de la Peña, due to its close dependency with the southern Frankish dioceses. The circulation and copy of certain type of manuscripts, not only liturgical, demonstrate how the See of Ribagorça already practiced this liturgy and, therefore, played an important role in the diffusion of the Hispanic church renovation.
Furthermore, the consolidation of the religious reform promoted by Rome can be traced during the 12th century within the artistic and cultural manifestations promoted by the bishops of the See of Roda. Important churches preserved such as Sant Climent and Santa Maria de Taüll, currently a reference for the studies of Romanesque Catalan paintings, are depicted with an ambitious program closely bonded to reformist ideas which additionally can be traced in the preserved manuscripts. By the study and reconstruction of this ancient library, now longly disappeared, and the survey of the circulation and transfer of its books and their contents, we intend to spread further light upon the important artistic manifestations produced in this territory which, still, have not been satisfactorily unveiled.