The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) is a database which aims to cover all of
the recorded inhabitants of England from the late sixth to the end of the eleventh
century. It is based on a systematic examination of the available written sources for the
period, including chronicles, saints’ Lives, charters, libri vitae,
inscriptions, and coins. For further information, see ‘About PASE’ and ‘About the database’.
The construction of the database has been undertaken in two stages. ‘PASE 1’, covering
sources written during the period from 597 to 1042, was published online on 27 May 2005.
The data remains subject to further processing and enhancement. ‘PASE 2’ (in progress),
covering sources written in the later eleventh and twelfth centuries, is an extension and
enhancement of ‘PASE 1’. The first task is the entry of data for the reign of Edward the
Confessor, including charters, the Vita Ædwardi Regis, and Domesday Book. The
Normans, and other incomers, will not be covered in their own right; but the ‘English’
will be traced through the reign of William the Conqueror to c. 1100. In this
second stage, ‘PASE 2’ will be merged with ‘PASE 1’. References to inhabitants of
Anglo-Saxon England derived from sources written after the Conquest will be added. The
database will also be provided with further scholarly apparatus, including short
biographies of selected persons, bibliographies, and links to other electronic resources.
A new edition of PASE will be published online in 2007 and updated annually thereafter.