Giant database of English medieval soldiers online

Kudos to Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton and Dr Adrian Bell of the University of Reading for putting a 250,000-record database of the English medieval soldiers online; a great boon to historians, scholars, and the curious:
The detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers - including archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt - have gone online.

The database of those who fought in the Hundred Years War reveals salaries, sickness records and who was knighted.

The full profiles of soldiers from 1369 to 1453 will allow researchers to piece together details of their lives.

Medieval battle records go online (via /.)

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  1. Damit!, it’s only a matter of time ’till they uncover my time traveling. oh well, there is always the fut…

  2. Edward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk,
    Sir Richard Ketly, Davy Gam, esquire:
    None else of name; and of all other men
    But five and twenty.

    English medieval record-keeping is brilliant. It’s so good that it’s even used for medical research.

  3. This is major WOOT-age for all medieval historical enactors worldwide! -)

    Toodles,

    Dolnor Numbwit
    Eternal Newbie

  4. @#4 Antinous: English medieval record-keeping is brilliant. It’s so good that it’s even used for medical research.

    And population studies, as well as other sociological studies. Parishes kept records for a long, long time.

  5. Databases of dead people are cool but a database of living people really sucks?

    The irony is that in 300 years time, historians may say “Whoah! How cool is it that they created a database of everyone! It’s a great boon to scholars, historians and the curious!”

    Rare BB irony oversight.

  6. re: “irony oversight”

    See also:
    1) That any private entity must be allowed to photograph anything ever, or else we live in a Nazi police state.

    2) That no public entity may be allowed to photograph anything ever, or else we live in a Nazi police state.

  7. Frickin’ BBC… they post an article about ‘this new website’ and don’t include a link. Ya wonder why old media is dying?

    (Thanks for the link Adam)

  8. nobody with my last name (it’s buck_____ but buck isn’t in there either).

    we were a peaceful lot. or maybe just pussies.

  9. Now if only each entry included a listing of that fellow’s compatriots. Along with a scroll of their pithy sayings and etchings of the subjects imbibing at the local tavern…

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