John Lilburne's journal about Aelred of Rievaulx (1110 - 1167).
About John Lilburne
2310 K Sat 27 Oct 2001
Today I read The Mirror of Charity written in 1143 by Aelred
of In about the year 1143, Aelred of Rievaulx (1110 - 1167).
I am writing an essay for Medieval Philosophy on friendship.
Here is one of his comments about liturgy:
We hear monks doing all sorts of ridiculous things with their
voices, plaguing us with womanism falsettos, spavined bleating
and tremolos. ... And they honestly do this in the name of religion,
for they think that they are giving God a greater honour than
if they sang without all this fuss. The simple folk who hear
them may well be impressed by the organ music, but they cannot
help laughing as they see such a ridiculous show going on in
the choir. They are in fact more likely to think that they are
watching a stage play than praying in church. (From Part 2, Chapter
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 27 October 2001.