2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase


HSP Hexaemeron: Emergent Themes in Comestor's Historia Scholastica

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Karen Wadley


As a part of the larger Historia Scholastica Project, we are continuing the work begun in the 2019-2020 academic year, transcribing and translating text from the “Genesis” chapter of the Historia Scholastica. In it, Peter Comestor continues his discussion of the days of creation and adds extra-biblical insight into 12th century contemporary views of cosmology. This stage of the Historia Scholastica Project focuses on transcribing, translating, and annotating Comestor’s Hexaemeron. HSP: Genesis aims to lay the foundation for future participants to continue the work with “Genesis” and makes this important medieval text accessible to future English-speaking historical researchers.

Our process applies textual criticism for identifying differences between extant copies and infer possible solutions where our copy is damaged. For this comparison we are using Patrologia Latinae 198, the Lugdunensis copy on Wiki, and the online Internet Archive of the Historia Scholastica located in Strasbourg, France. We then filter any possible translations through the lens of biblical studies taking place in medieval France in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. To date, we have completed 422 lines of transcription and translation, with the goal of completing an additional 277 lines for the summer 2020-spring 2021 timespan.

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