Hildemar of Corbie's Commentary on the Rule of Benedict (ca. 845 CE) is a major source for the history of monasticism, but it has long been accessible only in two obscure nineteenth-century editions of its Latin text. The goal of the Hildemar Project is to make the entire commentary 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. The translation of all seventy-three chapters – one for each chapter of Benedict's Rule – will be complete by the summer of 2014.

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 (problematic) nineteenth-century editions with the original manuscripts. A long-term goal 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 in a digital environment.

The Hildemar Project is a collaborative project that profits from the expertise of as many scholars as possible and 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)