Project Roadmap

Phase 1: Artus Désiré (2018-2019)

Artus Désiré was the most prominent Catholic polemicist of the time, but he is traditionally understudied. This phase of the project will make his works available for the first time to the larger scholarly public and provide tools for analyzing his unusually lengthy pamphlets in their many revised versions.

  • Finding:
    • Find and collect documents available online
    • Locate unavailable documents in European libraries
  • Secure funding for Phase 1 – BYU Mentoring Environment Grant
  • Photograph unavailable documents housed in libraries in Paris
  • Evaluate and/or development of transcription software.
  • Transcription of downloaded and photographed documents
  • Website development
    • WordPress
    • Domain name registration
  • Integration of research tools into website:
    • Voyant Tools, a popular web-based text analysis tool, including a custom 16-century French stop word list
    • Locate and/or develop a Wikipedia-like or diff-like document comparison tool for version tracking
  • TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) markup, a standard format for document metadata required by many organizations and funding agencies.

Phase 2: Protestant Responses (2020)

This phase will focus on a trio of important Protestant polemicists, two of whom engaged directly with Désiré in a public war of words: Théodore de Bèze, Conrad Badius, and François Hotman. Because this phase will reuse the website and tools developed during Phase 1, only content gathering and preparation processes are listed below.

  • Finding:
    • Find and collect documents available online
    • Locate unavailable documents in European libraries
  • Secure funding for Phase 2
  • Photograph unavailable documents
    • This search will be expanded to eastern France (primarily Lyon) and Geneva
  • Transcription
  • TEI markup
  • Website updates

Phase 3: Pamphlets in Wartime (2021)

While the first two phases focus primarily on pamphlets written before the outbreak of the Wars of Religion, this phase will look at pamphlets produced by both sides during the wars. 

  • Finding:
    • Find and collect documents available online
    • Locate unavailable documents in European library catalogs
  • Secure funding for Phase 3
  • Photograph unavailable documents
    • Expand search in France and Switzerland
  • Transcription
  • TEI markup
  • Website updates