Alexander Andrée | 416-978-2092

Alexander Andrée, Professor of Latin and Medieval Studies, has particular expertise in Medieval Latin Philology (Latin literature, Latin palaeography, and textual criticism). He received his BA and MA in Latin Philology from Lund University and his PhD in the same field from Stockholm University in Sweden. He studied the medieval auxiliary sciences (palaeography, codicology, diplomatics, textual criticism and editorial technique) with Fr Leonard Boyle, op, at the Vatican Library in Rome, and held research fellowships at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto and Harris Manchester College, Oxford. A specialist in Medieval Latin literature, Prof. Andrée has published widely on the teaching of the medieval schools, especially the schools of Laon and Paris in the twelfth century, and on the university in the later Middle Ages. He has researched the creation of the so-called Glossa ‘ordinaria’ on the Bible, a standard theological teaching tool, partly originating in the lectures of Anselm of Laon, whose glosses on the Gospel of John (the Glosae super Iohannem) Prof. Andrée edited for the series Corpus Christianorum, described by reviewers as a “model” edition. Prof. Andrée’s annotated classroom edition of Peter Abelard’s Historia calamitatum (“The Story of My Calamities”) for the Toronto Medieval Latin Texts Series has been hailed as an “exceptionally useful … resource.” He has also edited the university sermons and disputations of the Swedish theologian Christopher Laurentii. Currently Prof. Andrée is involved in a larger research project, involving Mark J. Clark, Joshua Benson, James Ginther, and Tim Noone, studying masters such as Peter Lombard, Peter Comestor, and Stephen Langton, which with Clark’s discovery of the biblical lectures of Peter Lombard, long-thought-to-be-lost but hidden in plain view, will revolutionize our understanding of intellectual life in the Middle Ages.

Aside from his Latin teaching, Prof. Andrée offers courses in Latin palaeography and Codicology, alongside research seminars in Medieval Latin literature. He is the Director of the University’s Collaborative Specialization in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts, and supervises doctoral students interested in Latin literature, textual editing, and intellectual history. Together with Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Prof. Andrée edits the Toronto Medieval Latin Texts series. He is also the review editor for the Journal of Medieval Latin, and edits the series The Glossed Bible: Editions and Studies of the Medieval Sacra Pagina for PIMS.

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  • Peter Abelard: Historia calamitatum, Edited from Troyes, Médiathèque du Grand Troyes, MS 802, Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, 32 (Toronto: PIMS, 2015; 2nd ed. 2017)
  • Diuersa sed non aduersa: Twelfth-Century Biblical Hermeneutics and the Difference a Letter Makes,” in: From Learning to Love: Schools, Pastoral Care, and Canon Law in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering, ed. Tristan Sharp et al. (Toronto: PIMS, 2017), 3-28.
  • Caue ne facias uim in tempore! Peter Comestor and the Truth of History,” in: Felici curiositate. Studies in Latin Literature and Textual Criticism from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century in Honour of Rita Beyers, ed. G. Guldentops, C. Laes, and G. Partoens (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), 515-550
  • “Peter Comestor’s Lectures on the Glossa ‘ordinaria’ on the Gospel of John: The Bible and Theology in the Twelfth-Century Classroom,” Traditio 71 (2016), 203-234
  • “Editing the Glossa ‘ordinaria’ on the Gospel of John: A Structural Approach,” in: The Arts of Editing Medieval Greek and Latin: A Casebook, ed. Elisabet Göransson et alii (Toronto: PIMS, 2016), 1-20.
  • Anselmi Laudunensis Glosae super Iohannem, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio mediaeualis, 267 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014)
  • “Laon Revisited: Master Anselm and Creation of a Theological School in the Twelfth Century,” Journal of Medieval Latin 22 (2013), 257-281
  • Christopherus Laurentii de Holmis: Sermones, Disputatio in vesperiis et Recommendatio in aula. Academic Sermons and Exercises from the University of Leipzig, 1435–1438. Edition, Translation and Introduction. Runica et Mediaevalia, Editiones 4 (Stockholm: Runica et Mediaevalia, 2012)
  • “Anselm of Laon Unveiled: the Glosae super Iohannem and the Origins of the Glossa ordinaria on the Bible,” Mediaeval Studies 73 (2012), 217-260
  • Gilbertus Universalis: Glossa ordinaria in Lamentationes Ieremie prophete. Prothemata et Liber I. A Critical Edition with an Introduction and a Translation, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, Studia Latina Stockholmiensia, 52 (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 2005)