Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166 : II Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum

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Boydell Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 1169 pages
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This second volume of persons named in English records between 1066 and 1166 follows on from its predecessor Domesday People: (Of) undoubted importance...in understanding the nature of Norman aristocratic society and the forces within it... a monumental effort. HISTORY Drawn from extensive and wide-ranging research in British and French archives, the 7500 entries in this volume provide the first authoritative prosopographical key to over 60,000 names found in English administrative documents such as the Pipe Rolls and the Cartae Baronum, as well as various Surveys and thousands of royal and private charters. Both volumes focus upon regional origin, family, and the descent of fees, and together they provide the most complete view to date of the people responsible for the conquest and colonization of England. Dr K.S.B. KEATS-ROHAN is Director of the Linacre Unit for Prosopographical Research and Fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford.

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Be very careful and skeptical using this resource. It is a useful list of people in Norman England (although the policy chosen for names and to alphabetize using 'de' and 'filius' is odd) and the bibliographical information is valuable. The factual errors are so numerous, however, as to make the biographical entries highly problematic. This is the result of database research and an assumption of certainty that cannot be sustained given the sources for the period. (Go to the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy web site for some corrections.)
There are valuable translations of two 12th-century documents known as the Northamptonshire and Lindsey,Surveys in the introductory material .
 

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Dr K S B Keats-Rohan is Director of the Linacre Unit for Prosopographical Research and Fellow of the European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford.