Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


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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.



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