Between the Text and the Page: Studies on the Transmission of Medieval Ideas in Honour of Frank T. Coulson

Edited by
Harald Anderson and David T. Gura

Papers in Mediaeval Studies 33 • 2020 • vi, 370 pp. • ISBN 978-0-88844-833-0 • Cloth • $95

This volume pays homage to manuscripts and early printed books as material witnesses in the Middle Ages. The essays discuss broad questions relating to the partisan interpretation of texts, but they also illustrate how small details of format, script, and decoration uncover the text, its context, and its reception.

Some articles explore scientific methods, examining whether social network analysis can offer an advance over traditional methods of establishing textual connections and using statistics to understand the transmission of ancillary materials. Others present critical editions and contextualize lost genres, providing a first edition of an unedited summary of Ovid’s Metamorphoses steeped in the Boccaccian genealogical tradition, exploring mock funeral eulogies for animals, and discussing the variety of texts that pay witness to Ovid’s penetration into vernacular literature. A closing brace of essays catalogue collections and reflect on changing trends in the study of manuscripts.

Frank T. Coulson, 2002
Photograph courtesy Jo McCulty, The Ohio State University


Introduction • 1

  • Virgil and the Censors: Printing Across the Confessional Divide • CRAIG KALLENDORF • 3
  • Textual Networking in the Verse Liber Exameron from Manuscript Barlow 21 • GRETI DINKOVA-BRUUN • 28
  • The Earliest Fragments of a Latin Declamatory Corpus: The Quintilianic Minor Declamations and the Excerpta of the Elder Seneca • BART HUELSENBECK • 40
  • Signa, Res, et Memoria: Ordering the Virtues of Saints in Boulogne, Bibliothèque municipale, Ms. 107 • DAVID DEFRIES • 66
  • The Scribal Verses of Waltherius in a Twelfth-Century Manuscript of Josephus • ROBERT G. BABCOCK • 87
  • The Raven and the Crow: An Ovidian Hermeneutical Node • ROBIN WAHLSTEN BÖCKERMAN • 108
  • On the Frequency of Ancilia in Medieval Manuscripts • HARALD ANDERSON • 132
  • Tibullus in the Roman Academy • JULIA HAIG GAISSER • 146
  • A Prose Summary of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from Fourteenth-Century Italy: Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Ross. 228 • DAVID T. GURA • 165
  • The Owl and the Pussycat: Following the Trail of a Neo-Latin Mock Funeral Oration • QUINN GRIFFIN • 208
  • Manuscript War Stories Aren’t What They Used to Be • MARJORIE CURRY WOODS • 225
  • Dirc Potter, the “Dutch Ovid” and His Der minnen loep (The Course of Love) • WILKEN ENGELBRECHT • 229
  • Je me souviens: The Forgotten Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Owned by Gerald E. Hart of Montreal • SCOTT GWARA • 255
  • Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Virginia • GREGORY HAYS • 289
  • Bibliography of Frank T. Coulson • WENDY WATKINS • 349

Contributors • 354
Index of Manuscripts • 357
General Index • 362


Harald Anderson is an econometrician and data scientist in the Washington, DC area. He holds a PhD from the Ohio State University and a License in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. His academic publications include “Publius Papinius Statius,” Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum 13 (2020).

David T. Gura is Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame, and Concurrent Associate Professor of Paleography in the Medieval Institute, where he teaches courses in medieval Latin, Latin paleography, Western codicology, and Greek paleography. He is the author of A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College and is completing a critical edition of Arnulf of Orléans’s commentaries on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.


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