Geographies of Orthodoxy: Mapping Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, 1350-1550

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Geographies of Orthodoxy offers the scholarly community a range of electronic resources with which to enhance research on the texts of the English pseudo-Bonaventuran tradition


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Geographies of Orthodoxy offers a new account of an English devotional phenomenon and affective literary tradition usually characterised as 'pseudo-Bonaventuran' by modern commentators. This first comprehensive study will enable the retrieval and mapping of religious interests and reading practices that would otherwise be completely lost.

Geographies of Orthodoxy aims to examine and make openly accessible through the latest electronic means the entire material remains of the anglophone pseudo-Bonaventuran tradition. The relevant extant manuscript miscellanies and anthologies also reflect the interests and identities of more than one generation of book producers, readers and owners.

The database records biobibliographical, codicological and textual analysis relating to the English pseudo-Bonaventuran corpus. The website will render the project's codicological findings accessible to the scholarly community, and thus open the manuscript corpus to wider critical debate.


This resource is of particular interest to scholars in manuscript studies, codicology and religious literature.

The database provides detailed textual profiles of selected texts and codicological descriptions. These can be browsed by manuscript title or identifier, and there is a keyword search. There are additional contextual essays and a project blog. Users can register to annotate and comment on resources.

Special Characters

The resource includes the searchable special characters thorn (þ) and yogh (ȝ).

About the project

The project was led by Professor John Thompson (QUB), with Dr Ian Johnson (St Andrews) and Dr Stephen Kelly (QUB). The project received funding from the AHRC.


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Source Types

  • Literary Manuscripts


  • Manuscript Descriptions


  • religious prose
  • vernacular texts


  • English
  • Latin


  • Free

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Queens University Belfast

Cite this page:

"Geographies of Orthodoxy" Manuscripts Online (, version 1.0, 5 December 2023),