Hildemar of Corbie's Commentary on the Rule of Benedict is one of the most important sources for the history of monasticism, but for many years the text was only accessible in two obscure nineteenth-century editions. The goal of the Hildemar Project is to make this text more accessible for research and teaching purposes. The first step is to provide a fully searchable version of the Latin text along with an English translation. This translation is a collaborative effort of more than fifty scholars including specialists in monasticism, Latin, manuscripts studies, and Carolingian history.

Currently a slightly revised version of the Latin text from Rupert Mittermüller’s edition [Regensburg, 1880] is available on the site as well as approximately half of the English translation. We anticipate that a complete translation will be available by the end of 2013.

The website also provides a complete list of the manuscripts of Hildemar’s Commentary (with hyperlinks to manuscript catalogues and manuscripts as far as they are available online) and a complete bibliography of scholarship on Hildemar and his work.

The next step of the project will be to gradually improve the Latin text as it presented on the website by providing hyperlinks to the different versions of Hildemar’s work. Users will be able to compare the (admittedly problematic) nineteenth-century editions with the original manuscripts. One of the ultimate goals of the Hildemar Project is to provide a new edition of Hildemar’s Commentary that meets the standards of a critical edition but also capitalizes on the greater flexibility and customization available from a digital environment.

The Hildemar Project is a collaborative project that profits from the expertise of as many scholars as possible but is tailored to the needs and interests of its users. Any form of feedback, suggestions for improvement, identification of sources, or commentary on the Latin text are welcome. Please either use the Forum or contact us directly.

Image from Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek: Cod. Aug. 179, 1v (www.stgallplan.org)