Welcome to
The Liber pharetrae Project

The purpose of this website is to provide Open Access research materials from the Pseudo-Bonaventure Liber pharetrae (aka Pharetra), a Latin florilegium believed to have been compiled at Paris in the mid-13th century that is attributed in some early manuscripts to Guibert de Tournai, OFM, or William de la Fumenterie, OFM.

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

The website currently provides an edition of Book 1 ("De personarum varietate") and some chapters of Book 2 ("De principalium vitiorum et virtutum multiplicitate"); the remainder of Book 2, Book 3 ("De periculosis") and Book 4 ("De gratiosis") are provided as transcriptions from Peltier's edition.

The edition of Peltier's text is expected to be completed by 31 August 2015, thanks to the help of two WLU student research assistants, Veronica Parkes & Aaron Bolarinho, who are funded by an internal research grant. As their work proceeds, the editor will convert the edition from Peltier's version into the text found in the earliest dated manuscript: Salzburg, Stiftsbibliothek St. Peter, MS a.IV.34 (1261).

The edited quotations will then be converted into 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.