iHSP: Historia Scholastica Project III

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Karen Wadley


We are continuing our work from 2013-2014 on the 1479 incunabulum copy of Peter Comestor’s 12th century work, Historia Scholastica, located in Boise State University’s Albertsons Library. Our project, the Historia Scholastica Project III (HSP), includes transcribing and translating this original text to create one that aligns with Comestor’s grammatical structure but maintains present-day punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. This semester we are also creating an eBook in order to make our efforts accessible to a general audience.

Transcribing has required studying paleography as well as coming to consensus on our text, which differs from the 1543 Lugduni transcription, accessed via la.wikisource.org. For paleography, we referred to Cappelli’s The Elements of Abbreviation in Medieval Latin Paleography. We also researched online sources to determine the best evidence for each translation choice. We are using iBooks Author with Bookry widgets to construct a prototype eBook to test interactive features for future uses in the Historia Scholastica Project.

We began our work in October, 2013. There are 1,159 lines total in Comestor’s Hester. We have completed Stage One, the Praefatio, which has a total of 339 lines.

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