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[Bibulus-users] entry type for medievalists

From: Jesse Billett
Subject: [Bibulus-users] entry type for medievalists
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 16:01:26 +0000

Dear Bibulus users and developers,

I have just been made aware of your exciting project after spending a couple of weeks snooping around BibTeX .bst files to see if there's anything suitable for my research, and have found nothing. Zero. Therefore, I thought you might like some input from a hopeful user of your software who has, it's sad to say, no training as a developer.

I study medieval history and liturgy. Like all medievalists, many of the sources with which I work are medieval manuscripts. These are referenced in bibliographies in forms similar to this:

City, Library, Shelfmark
e.g. London, British Library, MS Royal 2.A.10

For citations within the text, sometimes more information is necessary, such as referring to a folio number, taking the form "fol. 221", or "fols. i--x, 12--27." (Medieval books are rarely numbered with pages, though this sometimes happens and would require an option.)

The first citation in a chapter would need to indicate the date of the manuscript, its place of origin, and often a standard reference work in which it is cited, and perhaps books where the manuscript might be edited, reproduced in facsimile, or discussed in detail:

Florence, Biblioteca Laurenziana, MS Amiatino I, {\em CLA} III, 299: s. vii--viii (before A.D. 716), Jarrow or Wearmouth, Northumbria; see E. A. Lowe, {\em English Uncial} (Oxford, 1960), pp. 11--12, nn. 12--13, Plates VIII and IX; B. Bischoff, {\em Latin Paleography: Antiquity to the Middle Ages}, tr. D. \'{O} Cr\'{o}in\'{\i}n and D. Ganz (Cambridge, 1999), pp. 71 and 199.

So this would require the following traditional BibTeX-style fields:

Address:                Florence
Library:                Biblioteca Laurenziana
Shelfmark: Amiatino I (the MS prefix doesn't apply to all styles... needs to be optional)
Pagerange:      [empty if all]
Date: s. vii--viii (before A.D. 716) [ "s" here is for the Latin "saecula", and refers
                        to the centuries when the book might have been made]
Origin:         Jarrow or Wearmouth, Northumbria
Standardref: \CLA III, 299 % (use a macro for abbreviated names. This one is
                        "Codices   Latini Antiquiories", a standard ref. work)
Edition:                [citation key for an edition of the manuscript]
Seealso:                [pp.~11--12, nn.~12--13, Plates VIII, IX]{Lowe:1960}
                        [pp. 71, 199]{Bischoff:1999}

I hope you might find this an appropriate entry type. It would certainly broaden the appeal of Bibulus. I am in touch with an expanding circle of medieval researchers who have found LaTeX to be very useful. This would help them a lot. In the meantime, I'm looking into modifying the jurabib style to see if it might work.

Best wishes,

Jesse Billett

Faculty of History
King's College
Cambridge University
Cambridge, UK CB2 1ST

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