TROY professor, alumnus complete Elizabeth I manuscript project

Posted: Tuesday, 21 July 2009

TROY—A Troy University faculty member and a TROY alumnus have collaborated to compile a translation of a famous Latin philosophical work by a famous English queen.

Dr. Harold Kaylor, Professor of English at Troy University, worked with Dr. Phil Phillips of Middle Tennessee State University on the project entitled “The Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I: The Queen’s Translation of Boethius’ De Consolatione Philosophie.”

Quan Manh Ha, who earned a master’s degree in English education from TROY in 2003, wrote the introduction to the work, which was published this month by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Arizona State University Press. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in English literature at Texas Tech University.

“This project took 10 years and the TROY Faculty Development Committee generously provided funding for me to study the actual manuscript at the Public Record Office in London—and most of the manuscripts in Her Majesty’s own hand,” Dr. Kaylor said. “The edition contains the Queen’s translation and notes, both on the text and the manuscript, and Mr. Quan’s introduction gives full background on the historical period in which Elizabeth I wrote and on the queen’s educational preparation prior to doing the translation.”

Dr. Kaylor serves as director and Dr. Phillips serves as secretary of the International Boethius Society, dedicated to the study of the Roman philosopher and statesman, housed on the TROY and MTSU campuses.

“De Consolatione Philosophiae was completed in 514 A.D., just prior to the death of Boethius, and Queen Elizabeth I completed her translation into Elizabethan English in 1593, just after to her 60th birthday,” Dr. Kaylor said.

He added that the volume is dedicated to Dr. Constantine “Deno” Curris, who serves as President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and his wife, Jo, who suggested the project to Kaylor during a visit to London.