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"Editing Medical Texts from Medieval England, Latin and Vernacular" the Fifty-Second Conference on Editorial Problems, convened by Nicholas Everett (University of Toronto), will be held on Thursday, 2 November and Friday, 3 November 2017.


This conference focuses upon issues and challenges of editing medical texts from medieval England, with a particular emphasis on the interaction between Latin medical learning and vernacular medical discourse in Middle English during the fourteenth century. In exploring the problems of editing both Latin and Middle English texts, the papers of the Conference discuss issues of translation, source criticism, manuscript tradition, editorial apparatus, and the preparation of digital editions and formats.

Conference Program

The program is listed below; changes in the schedule will be posted as necessary. All sessions will be held in the Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies, in the University of Toronto.


9:45 – 10:00 am
•  Opening Remarks

10:00 – 11:00 am
•  Linda Voigts: "Women and Recipes for Medical Distillation in Late-Medieval England"
•  George Keiser: "Rosmaryne, of vertu good and fyne: The Text of a Verse Treatise and Its Manuscript Contexts"

11:00 – 11:15 am
•  Coffee break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
•  Jessica Henderson: "Embarking upon Editions of Middle English Medical Poems"
•  Winston Black: "From Henry of Huntingdon to Henry Daniel: The Evolution of Herbalism in Medieval England"

12:30 – 2:30 pm
• Lunch break

2:30 – 3:30 pm
•  Sarah Star: "Medical and Literary Aureation: Daniel, Chaucer, Lydgate"
•  Tess Tavormina: "Henry Daniel and Friends: The Legacy of the Liber Uricrisiarum"

3:30 – 4:00 pm
•  Coffee break

4:30 – 5:30 pm
•  Workshop: Digitizing Henry Daniel and other Medical Texts: Pitfalls and Prognoses
Contributions by Ruth Harvey, Alexandra Bolintineanu (CMS, Woodsworth), Cai Henderson, Jessica Henderson, Tess Tavormina, Fred Unwalla (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)


9:30 – 10:00 am
•  Coffee and croissants

10:00 – 11:00 am
•  Faith Wallis: "Victim of his own Success? Why the Articella Commentaries and Practica of Bartholomaeus of Salerno (d. ca. 1170) are so Difficult to Edit"
•  Jacob Goldowitz: "The dynamidia Liber alter as an Example of Genre's Influence on Interpretations of Medical Texts"

11:00 – 11:15 am
•  Coffee break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
•  Brian Long: "De labore et dolore: The Challenges of Editing Constantine the African's Terminology"
•  Nicholas Everett: "Confounded by Compounds: The Medieval Editors of the Antidotarium Nicolai"

12:15 – 12:30 pm
•  Closing remarks

12:30 – 2:00 pm
•  Farewell Lunch


There is no registration fee. For details and abstracts, please contact Nicolas Everett.