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Daniel Williman

Daniel Williman

Professor emeritus of Latin and History
LMS (Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies) of the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 1969
PhD in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1973

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A member of the Binghamton faculty from 1974 to his retirement in 2007, Daniel Williman remains a busy and productive researcher in medieval Latin literature and historical archives. Dan Williman has been married since 2003 to his colleague in medieval Latin manuscript studies Karen Corsano. They carry on in collaboration the research and writing that began for both in graduate school in Toronto in the late sixties, especially in the Vatican Archives, for the history of the papal court at Avignon in the fourteenth century, and in a score of European libraries, to discover the pre-modern provenances of their manuscript collections. Taking a holiday tour in records just a century old, in 2014 they published John Singer Sargent and His Muse: Painting Love and Loss. They have a joint website at with links to some lecture videos.

Books of hours left


Two sides of a page of prayers from a fourteenth-century lady's Book of Hours, on parchment. Prayers commemorating the sisters of the Virgin Mary, Saint Catherine, and St. Barbara are picked out in red and the capital initials, done in powdered gold, are surrounded by blue and violet lace work.

--from the private collection of Karen Corsano


Some bibliography:

  • "Tracing Provenances by dictio probatoria," Scriptorium 53 (1999) 124-145.
  • "Some Additional Provenances of Cambridge Latin Manuscripts," Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 11 (1999) 427-448.
  • "Les Statutes de la Cour Temporelle d'Avignon en 1375," Mémoires de l'Académie de Vaucluse 8. série, 8 (1999) 9-27.
  • "The Interdict of Florence (31 March 1376): New Documents," Rivista di Storia della Chiesa in Italia 56 (2002) 427-481.
  • "Medieval Latin Manuscripts in Scotland: Some Provenances," Transactions of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society 6,5 (2002) 178-190.
  • Early Provenances of Latin Manuscripts of the Vatican Library: Vaticani Latini and Borghesiani Studi e testi 405 (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2002).
  • "Guglielmites" and "Periculoso" in Women in the Middle Ages, eds. Katharina M. Wilson and Nadia Margolis (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2004) 1, 383-384 and 2, 749-750.
  • "Schism within the Curia: The Twin Papal Elections of 1378," Journal of Ecclesiastical History 59 (2008) 29‑47.
  • Letters of Pierre de Cros, Chamberlain to Pope Gregory XI (1371 - 1378) (Tempe, Arizona, 2009).
  • Fifty articles in Robert C. Bjork, ed., The Oxford History of the Middle Ages (Oxford UP, 2010).
  • The Spoils of the Pope and the Pirates, 1357: The Complete Legal Dossier from the Vatican Archives (Cambridge MA, 2014). Available as an open-source PDF.
  • The Right of Spoil of the Popes of Avignon 1316-1415 (Philadelphia, 1988). A second edition is now at press (2017).
  • The World Chronicle of Guillaume de Nangis: BL Royal ms. 13 E IV from St-Denis to St. Pancras [working title; ready for press, 2017).

Last Updated: 8/1/18