Welcome to
The Liber pharetrae Project

The purpose of this website is to provide Open Access research materials from 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 William de la Fumenterie, OFM.

This project 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"), and a portion of Book 3 ("De periculosis"); the remainder of Book 3 and all of Book 4 ("De gratiosis") are currently provided as transcriptions from Peltier's edition.

This edition of Peltier's text is expected to be completed by 31 August 2015, with the help of a WLU student research assistant, Veronica Parkes, who is funded by an internal research grant. By that date it is also expected that a portion of the edition will have been converted by the editor to the text found in the earliest dated manuscript: Salzburg, Stiftsbibliothek St. Peter, MS a.IV.34 (1261); once the entire text has been converted to the version in that manuscript, it will 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 florilegia at once in conducting intertextuality searches.

The editor gratefully acknowledges Googlebooks' online provision of the 1866 Paris edition and Ross Arthur's advice and assistance with OCR software.


©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.