CURSUS An On-line Resource of Medieval Liturgical Texts

The purpose of the CURSUS project is to employ the Extensible Markup Language (XML), together with transformations performed by the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSLT), to make data from sources of medieval Latin liturgy available on the Web.

Principal investigator
Mr David Francis Lanfear Chadd
Principal project staff
Mr David Francis Lanfear Chadd
Start date
Saturday, January 1, 2000
Completion date
Monday, December 1, 2003
Source material
"The majority of text which appears in the manuscript files is stored separately in a repostory of antiphons, responds and prayers. The biblical readings are also stored separately. This means that the manuscript files are assembled from many different separate files. In the case of antiphons, responds and prayers, this means that critical editions of these can also be provided. With the biblical readings, the aim of the project was not to provide a critical apparatus of manuscript readings of the bible, and so once a passage has been identified, it is used wholesale from a single source. This means the actual manuscript's biblical reading may differ slightly. Most structural features (Days, antiphons, reponds, prayers, lections, rubrics, hymns, invitatories, litanies, incipits, etc.) have been encoded. In addition both editorial and scribal corrections, additions, gaps in the sources, have been marked up in XML". (See project web site for more details)