The Soldier in later Medieval England

Database Information

The project was always intended to be based around the development of a relational database.  The two investigators had used databases as a central research tool in their previous work and the intention of the project is now to build upon this work and produce an integrated database of soldiers who fought for the English crown in the second and third phases of the Hundred Years War.  The focus of the research is on the design, creation, population and then analysis of a relational database. 

Two key aims underpin the database aspect of the project:

1) To gather all nominal materials generated by the English military administration (either in England or France) in database format

2) To integrate existing data collections already held by the investigators

Therefore whilst aim (1) drives the focus of the database creation, aim (2) also has to be given equal consideration.  Working in this way will enable the team to create one central resource for the study of the soldier during this period.

Finally, a note on the data we are going to collect.  We are not producing a transcript and translation of the sources.  We are instead drawing out the data from diverse documents.  Therefore, the act of data collection requires an element of editing, for instance in terms of standardizing first-names (unless unusual or foreign in origin) and surnames where appropriate, translating some of the standard clauses used by the clerks and coding of some of the regular data types.  This method of collection will allow for the accurate tracing and analysis of military service, but will not allow for the reproduction of the sources in their original presentation, although we are able to reconstruct the order in which names appear in the muster rolls.