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Dante: Monarchia
Edited by Prue Shaw
Co-published with the Società Dantesca Italiana
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This digital edition of Dante's Monarchia contains Prue Shaw's acclaimed edited text and translation of Dante's remarkable treatise on political theory. Shaw's text is supported by full transcripts of the text of all twenty manuscripts and of the 1559 editio princeps, together with digital images of all pages, many of them newly made in high-resolution full colour. A full word-by-word collation shows all variants at every word, viewable in either the original manuscript spelling or in the standardised form found in the edited text. Variant search and variant map features offer new ways of exploring the textual tradition. Extensive editorial commentaries analyse the relations among the surviving texts, presenting the editorial rationale which guided the choice of readings contained in the edited text. Throughout, the publication interface provides access to every word in every version, to the variants on every word, and to tools and commentaries permitting exploration of the different versions.


  • Full, highly-detailed transcriptions of all versions of the Monarchia
  • Transcripts presented alongside images of manuscript pages


  • High-resolution digital images, many in colour, of all pages containing text of the Monarchia
  • An invaluable teaching tool for palaeographers, codicologists and textual critics
  • Zoomify software allows easy magnification and movement around the images

Views of differences between the versions

  • Full word by word collation of all words in all versions, showing the significant differences between the versions
  • Each word collation linked to a 'Variant Map' feature, showing the distribution of all variants against the witness family relationships
  • Access to original spellings of all witnesses at each word in the collation

Searching and navigation

  • Go directly to any view of any passage in any witness from a simple drop-down menu
  • Search the complete text of all versions by word and phrase
  • View hits in 'key word in context' display, linked to the full text with highlighted hits
  • Unique 'VBase' feature offers complex searches for variants by their distribution in the witnesses

Editorial material

  • Full descriptions and transcription notes for all witnesses
  • Detailed account of the transcription system
  • Full discussion of the editorial methodology which lies behind the edited text
  • An invaluable teaching tool for palaeographers, codicologists and textual critics

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