From a reader…
I am looking for a book which might be a sort of Cliffs Note version of Jungmann’s two-volume History of the Roman Rite. Would you know of and be able to recommend any such book?
Hmmm… there isn’t such a thing. And you can do better than Jungmann, whose views were a little off on some points.
I highly recommend these two books:
The Traditional Mass: History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite by Michael Fiedrowicz.
Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great by Fr. James W. Jackson
Those are essential reading.
By extension, so are these:
The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Martin Mosebach
Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages by Peter Kwasniewski
And in the matter of liturgy and liturgical reform…
The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger
The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background by Klaus Gamber
Turning Towards the Lord by Uwe Michael Lang