The Journal of Medieval Latin (JMLat) is published yearly in the autumn by Brepols Publishers (Turnhout, Belgium) on behalf of the Medieval Latin Association of North America (Toronto). It is operated solely through royalties and donations. There are also subsidia, the Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin.

History and Purpose

The Journal of Medieval Latin, published annually commencing Autumn 1991, was established by a group of Canadian scholars for the purpose of encouraging new and original investigations in the field of Medieval Latin language and literature. This intent is linked to the hope that Medieval Latin studies will one day soon be recognized as an important subject in its own right in the English-speaking countries, as has long been the case on the European continent. The significant contributions to this central field of Western cultural studies made by British, Canadian, and American scholars, especially in the period after World War II, merit greater recognition. The editors believe that one important way of providing this recognition is to establish an international journal that will serve as a focus for the best new research in this area.

As an international journal with a Canadian provenance, we wish to stress our commitment to bilingual scholarship. We therefore welcome articles in both English and French, and we shall actively seek reviews from scholars who write in either language. If we seem to have placed rather more emphasis on the scholarly community of the English-speaking countries, it is because it is precisely there that more work needs to be done to give direction to our subject.

The editors seek to encourage a broad range of articles dealing with every aspect of “Medieval Latin studies”, a term that is perhaps better expressed by the German “die lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters”. We are aware of the difficulties in setting chronological boundaries to a subject, but we wish to emphasize our role as journal with a specialist interest in the Middle Ages rather than antiquity or the Renaissance. The range of articles we hope to attract might be best explained by listing in sequence the scholarly processes involved in doing the work of a Medieval Latinist:

  1. discovering and identifying a work in manuscript(s);
  2. editing and translating the work;
  3. explaining the work’s linguistic difficulties;
  4. interpreting the work (historically, sociologically, literarily – as you will).

We therefore encourage manuscript studies, editions and translations (singly or together), linguistic studies, articles on literary history and literary criticism, – and more broadly – studies of the Latin culture of the Middle Ages (e.g. of schools, curricula, libraries, glossing and translation methods, and of issues such as literacy and orality). The Journal of Medieval Latin also plans to provide detailed reviews of important books in our field and will give special attention to the reviewing of Latin editions.

— Michael Herren, Editor’s Foreword to Volume 1 (1991), p. v


Editor: Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies

Founding Editor: Michael W. Herren, York University and University of Toronto

Review Editor: Alexander Andrée, University of Toronto

Associate Editors

  • Bernice M. Kaczynski, McMaster University
  • John Magee, University of Toronto
  • Jean Meyers, University of Montpellier
  • Carin Ruff, Independent Scholar
  • David Townsend, University of Toronto

Advisory Board

  • Suzanne Akbari, University of Toronto
  • Walter Berschin, University of Heidelberg
  • James P. Carley, York University
  • Paolo Chiesa, University of Milan
  • Michael Lapidge, Clare College Cambridge
  • Andy Orchard, Pembroke College Oxford
  • A.G. Rigg, University of Toronto
  • Danuta Shanzer, University of Vienna
  • Brian Stock, University of Toronto
  • Jan M. Ziolkowski, Harvard University

General Editors, Publications of The Journal of Medieval Latin

  • Michael W. Herren
  • C.J. McDonough
  • Gernot Wieland