Cursus Project


The CURSUS project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), aims to produce online editions of the major surviving sources of the medieval English Benedictine Office liturgy prior to the Reformation. The project commenced in May 2000 with AHRB funding until September 2003. The editions of the sources, which comprise both manuscripts and early printed books, will be encoded to highlight the different types of liturgical text whether breviary, missal, hymnal, antiphoner, or portiforium, and then the different genre of text within each (e.g. chants, prayers, biblical and hagiographical readings, homilies). The electronic texts will be encoded using SGML/XML and, in particular, the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. The Web site includes information about the project (sources and methodology) together with links relating to the use of SGML and a selection of test pages generated from excerpts taken from sample sources.


James Cummings
University of Oxford

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