Welcome to
The Digital 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 has been attributed to Guibert de Tournai, OFM; Guillaume de Fourmenterie, OFM; William of Gloucester; and Albert de Cologne (Albertus Magnus).

At present the project provides a revised edition of the public domain version published by Adolphe Charles Peltier in his Opera omnia Bonaventurae, tome 6 (Paris, 1866), which contains a total of 3555 quotations ("arrows") from the Liber pharetrae ("book of the quiver"), divided into four books:

Liber 1: "De personarum varietate"
Liber 2: "De principalium vitiorum et virtutum multiplicitate"
Liber 3: "De periculosis"
Liber 4: "De gratiosis"

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

Nearly all of the sources have been identified and cited in each quotation's PDF source document (FONS). In most cases the standard modern edition has been cited, and the corresponding passage from that edition is provided in a parallel column for ease of comparison. But in cases where a modern edition is lacking, the citation is to an early printed version or, in the case of the 39 quotations from John Chrysostom's homilies on the Gospel of John, to a manuscript exemplar, which is the source of the corresponding passage. This citation of a manuscript was necessary because the 12th-century translation by Burgundio of Pisa, the only Latin version available when the Liber pharetrae was composed, has never been printed.

The next phase of this project will involve rendering the text into an online critical edition based on several select exemplars from the manuscript corpus; once completed, the text 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 edited 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 in 2014, and the contribution of Veronica Parkes and Aaron Bolarinho, WLU student research assistants who helped with the preparation of the editions of Books 2-4 during the summer of 2015, with funding from an internal research grant.


©2014-18 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.