CESTA Seminar Presentation

On October 15, 2019, members of the Corpus Synodalium project team presented the website and database at the weekly seminar series of Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. Many thanks to the wonderful audience (both on-site and around the world, via Zoom video-conference) for such an enthusiastic response and so much helpful feedback!

Presenters: undergraduates Clara Romani (Stanford, ’20) & Thawsitt Naing (Stanford, ’19); and Prof. Rowan Dorin

Working Repertory of Local Ecclesiastical Legislation, 1200-1500

In 2011, Rowan Dorin began compiling a repertory of local ecclesiastical legislation that survives (in whole or in part) from Latin Christendom between ca. 1200-ca. 1500. The repertory lists the date, place, and classification (diocesan statutes,provincial canons, etc.) for each known text. Most entries also include the issuing authority and the language. References are given to the most recent (or otherwise standard) editions of each text; fuller information can be found by consulting the individual editions or local repertories (e.g. Pontal-Artonne for France). For those texts that exist only in manuscript, only the principal witnesses are listed.

The repertory includes mainly synodal/diocesan statutes and provincial canons, but other scattered genres appear on occasion. As of the most recent update (23 July 2018), the repertory contains 2098 entries. It continues to be updated regularly based on further findings, so corrections and/or additions are actively welcomed. The repertory is for public use, but users are kindly requested to acknowledge it in any research that draws on it.

The working repertory is downloadable here.

1000th Text Added to Corpus

As of this afternoon, the text corpus now contains 1000 entries! The millennial addition was the 1337 diocesan statutes of Elne, in the ecclesiastical province of Narbonne.

Perpignan, BM 79, f. 100r (Image credit: IRHT)

We took this text from vol. 3 of José Saenz Aguirre’s Collectio maxima conciliorum Hispaniae (1694), but hopefully we’ll be able to visit Perpignan at some point to consult the surviving manuscript copy of the text (Bibl. Municipale, ms. 79, ff. 94v-100), since Aguirre’s edition is missing the final article and the IRHT microfilm – pictured here – is not exactly easy reading!

First Look at the Beta Version of the Online Database

Thanks to the heroic efforts of our project developer, Stanford undergraduate Thawsitt Naing ’19, a beta version of the online CoSyn database will be ready for our upcoming Stanford project workshop.

Working alongside Katie McDonough, the Academic Technology Specialist in Stanford’s History Department, Thawsitt reconfigured the existing text corpus to run on PHILOLOGIC4, a full-text search, retrieval, and analysis tool developed by ARTFL. Thanks also to Clovis Gladstone, resident guru at ARTFL, for advice and assistance in overcoming many of the initial technical challenges. We’re excited to start testing it out!