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The Making of the Historia Scholastica, 1150-1200

The Making of the Historia Scholastica, 1150-1200
125 Queen's Park, Centre for Medieval Studies, Lillian Massey Bldg. Great Hall (room 125)
Time: Nov 10th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 10th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 400-1200, 1200-1500
Lecture by Mark Clark, Catholic University of America

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to present:

Mark Clark, Catholic University of America

The Making of the Historia Scholastica, 1150-1200

Dr. Clark will present the principal findings of his recent publication, The Making of the Historia Scholastica, 1150-1200, and show the significance of these findings for future research. A reception in the Lawrence K. Shook Common Room will follow the lecture. 

In the theological landscape of the later twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, Peter Comestor's Historia scholastica stands out as a conspicuous yet strangely overlooked landmark. Like the Sentences of Peter Lombard, the History towers over the early scholastic period, and it was the extraordinary success of these twin towers that ensured the joint ascendancy of the reputations of the two masters. Indeed, we find one medieval writer after another testifying to the greatness of the man whose nickname had become synonymous with a voracious appetite for knowledge, and the encyclopedic work whose extraordinary dissemination and influence over several centuries made it the medieval popular Bible. Based on wide and insightful reading of the manuscripts and printed texts not only of Peter Comestor but also of his master, Peter Lombard, and his student, Stephen Langton, this study offers a persuasive new argument about the genesis and formation of the Historia scholastica. At the same time it harnesses new evidence from biblical glosses and from Langton's lecture courses to analyze the development and reception of the History at Paris in the decades between the 1160s and the 1190s.

Mark J. Clark received his doctorate in medieval history from Columbia University and is currently an associate professor of Church History and Historical and Systematic Theology in The School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the formation of the scholastic tradition, biblical as well as theological, from 1150 to 1350, and his many articles on Peter Lombard, Peter Comestor, and Stephen Langton have appeared in a number of prominent journals, including Mediaeval Studies, Medioevo, Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales, Revue bénédictine, and Sacris erudiri. In addition to a multi-volume edition and translation of the Historia scholastica together with the three versions of Langton's course on the same, he is editing, with Timothy Noone, early thirteenth-century sources, both Franciscan and Dominican, for Saints Bonaventure and Aquinas, and also preparing critical editions of early-fourteenth-century works of Antonius Andreas and William of Alnwick.

Dr. Clark will also present a seminar on his current research on Stephen Langton and the teaching and study of the Bible and theology in the Paris schools of the late 12th century on Wednesday 11 November at 10:00 a.m. in the Great Hall, 125 Queen's Park Crescent. All are welcome.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies at (416) 978-4884.


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