Welcome to
The Liber pharetrae Project

This website provides Open Access research materials from the Pseudo-Bonaventure Liber pharetrae (i.e. Pharetra), a Latin florilegium compiled at Paris in the mid-13th century that is attributed in some early manuscripts to Guibert de Tournai, OFM, but in others to Guillaume de la Furmenterie, OFM, or William of Gloucester (possibly the same person).

This project currently takes as its base text the public domain edition of Adolphe Charles Peltier, published in his Opera omnia Bonaventurae, tome 6 (Paris, 1866).

This website currently provides editions of  Book 1 ("De personarum varietate"), Book 2 ("De principalium vitiorum et virtutum multiplicitate"), Book 3 ("De periculosis"), and a portion of Book 4 ("De gratiosis"), with the remainder of Book 4 being provided as unedited transcriptions from Peltier's edition.

Guibert de Tournai, from a collection of his sermons in Auxerre, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS lat. 41, fol.1ra
(late 13th century)
Copyright image used with permission of the Directrice de la Bibliothèque Municipale d'Auxerre

This edition of Peltier's text is expected to be completed in October 2015. the second phase of this project will then be to convert the text into an online critical edition based on several select exemplars from the manuscript corpus. Once the entire text has been rendered into a critical edition, it will then be converted to XML and added to the database for the Janus intertextuality search engine, developed in 2007-8 for the The Electronic Manipulus florum Project. Users of Janus will then have the option of searching either the Manipulus, or the Pharetra, or both of these edited florilegia at once in conducting intertextuality searches. Janus will also be equipped to generate a list of those quotations that are found in both of these florilegia.

The editor gratefully acknowledges Googlebooks' online provision of the 1866 Paris edition and Ross Arthur's advice and assistance with OCR software in 2014, and the contribution of Veronica Parkes, a WLU student research assistant who helped with the preparation of the editions of Books 2-4 during the summer of 2015, with funding from an internal research grant.


©2014-15 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University


The editor gratefully acknowledges that financial support for this project has been provided in the form of a Category A Research Grant
partly funded by WLU Operating funds and partly by a SSHRC General Research Grant awarded to WLU.