Authorial publishing from the Carolingian period to the Renaissance

Colloquium at the University of Helsinki, 29 and 30 October 2020. Venue: Zoom (for the meeting ID and passcode, see below)

Written transmission relies on the fact of ‘publication’, the step between the authorial process and reception. The papers in this colloquium ask what it meant for medieval and renaissance authors and their associates to publish. The contexts under scrutiny range from England to Italy, from hagiography to medicine, and from Carolingian monasteries to renaissance libraries.

DAY 1 

10:30–11:45 Welcome and Session I

  • Jaakko Tahkokallio, Theories, categories, configurations: what way to the history of manuscript publishing? 
  • Jesse Keskiaho, The publication of Carolingian treatises on the soul 

11:45–12:00 coffee break 

12:00–13:00 Session II

  • Andrea Verardi, Editing Gregory the Great: some remarks on the publication of the Collectio Pauli
  • Lauri Leinonen, Contextualizing the publication of Dudo of Saint-Quentin’s Historia Normannorum

13:00–14:00 lunch break

14:00–15:30 Session III 

  • Tuomas Heikkilä, Publishing a saint: St Symeon of Trier († 1035) and his colourful life

  • Samu Niskanen, From a publishing author to a public authority: Anselm at the council of Bari (1098)

  • Andrew Dunning, Remembering Alexander Neckam (1157–1217) at Cirencester and Malmesbury Abbeys in Walter of Mileto’s correspondence 

15:30–15:45 Coffee 

15:45–16:45 Keynote 1

  • Outi Merisalo, Publishing in Laurentian Florence: Jacopo di Poggio Bracciolini’s edition of Poggio’s Historiae Florentini populi

DAY 2 

10:30–11.30 Keynote 2

  • Marco Petoletti, The Art of Publishing one’s own work: Petrarch’s De vita solitaria 

11:30–11:45  coffee break 

11:45–12:45 Session IV

  • Jakub Kujawinski, Nicolas Trevet’s Commentary on the Psalms (1317–21): the process of publishing in manuscript 
  • Iolanda Ventura, Publishing for the academic community and beyond: prologues and dedications in medical scholarly works (13th–15th c.)

12:45–13:45 Lunch break

13:45–15:15 Session V

  • Luca Azzetta, Authorial publishing e errori d’archetipo. Osservazioni sulla tradizione delle opere di Dante [to be read in Italian]
  • Valentina Rovere, To publish after one’s death: the transmission of Boccaccio’s Latin works from Santo Spirito to humanistic libraries
  • Giovanna Murano, History rewritten: Francesco Guicciardini and Fiammetta Frescobaldi [to be read in Italian]

15:15–15:30 coffee break 

15:30– End discussion



To obtain the Zoom meeting ID and passcode, please contact to Mr. Olli-Pekka Kasurinen (

N.B. The times in the programme are in Eastern Europe Time, one hour ahead of Central European Time and two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. 

The colloquium is organized by the projects Medieval Publishing from c.1000 to 1500 (ERC-716538) and Authorial Publication in the Early Medieval Period (Academy of Finland), and the University of Helsinki.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 716538.

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