An Online Resource of Medieval Liturgical Texts


The Project:

The purpose of the CURSUS project is to employ the Extensible Markup Language (XML), together with transformations performed by the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSLT), to make data from sources of medieval Latin liturgy available on the Web. The project is housed at The University of East Anglia, Norwich, and was funded 2000 - 2003 by a major research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board of the UK.

The Website:

This site has two main branches, which may be accessed from the navigation links on the left. The first ('About CURSUS') takes you to pages which explain the nature of the project and of the data it presents, its editorial method, and the technologies we have employed. The other ('Explore CURSUS data') will take you directly to the pages which enable you to access the data.


The project was conceived and lead by David Chadd. During its funded period Dr James Cummings was the research associate and undertook most of the technical aspects of the work as well as some transcription and editing. David continued to work on the transcriptions (and oversaw the implementation of a full-text search facility for the project by Richard Lewis) after the end of the funded period up until his death in November 2006.


Around 2010, UEA stopped providing hosting for the project's website for a variety of reasons. Since then, James Cummings has acquired the rights to the content produced by the project and now publishes them on new hosting under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.