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Medieval Prosopographies and the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England

Janet L. Nelson, David A. E. Pelteret and Harold Short

in Fifty Years of Prosopography

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262924
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262924.003.0011

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Medieval Prosopographies and the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England

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This chapter discusses the origins of the project, the historian's concepts of database entities, ‘humanities computing’, and the new dynamics of collaboration. Prosopography in the sense of biographical compendia of exemplary males, especially office-holders in the service of the state, or church, grew out of those. As other papers in this volume show, an electronic database offers huge potential advantages over the old handwritten card-index methods of assembling a prosopography. This model, of standards adoption and standards building, is no less relevant to projects such as PASE, PBE, and other prosopographical projects. It holds out the realistic prospect, for example, of creating a compendium of all Anglo-Saxon materials, whether historical, literary, linguistic, visual or archaeological.

Keywords: prosopography; United Kingdom; humanities computing; PASE; PBE; Anglo-Saxon

Chapter.  6008 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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