A Family of Mercers in Medieval London

A fourteenth century family coordinating elements of English life, the academy, the church, the crown, land, commerce and family connections to become significant participants in London life.

Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon genomes from East England reveal British migration history

British population history has been shaped by a series of immigrations, including the early Anglo-Saxon migrations after 400 CE. It remains an open question how these events affected the genetic composition of the current British population.

The First Manuals of English History: Two Late Thirteenth-Century Genealogical Rolls of the Kings of England in the Royal Collection

The reign of Edward I (1272-1307) witnessed the creation of numerous genealogical rolls of the kings of England from Egbert to the reigning king,

Papers on Medieval Prosopography: Session #47 at KZOO 2015

Three fantastic papers on Prosopography from #KZOO2015.

Reconsidering Agatha, Wife of Eadward the Exile

The antecedents of Agatha, wife of Eadward the Exile and ancestress of Scottish and English monarchs since the twelfth century and their countless descendants in Europe and America, have been the subject of much dispute…

The Birth of Heloise: New Light on an Old Mystery

So where did she come from, this extraordinary woman and what was the composition of genes that went into her inheritance?

Testimonies of the Living Dead: The Martyrology-Necrology and the Necrology in the Chapter-Book of Mont-Saint-Michel

On the face of it, a necrological record indicating the day of the year on which a subject died might be nothing more than the point at which to draw the line. In fact, the place, or even places, in which such records occur yields significant information about the subject’s life, rather than his death.

Woden and his Roles in Anglo-Saxon Royal Genealogy

The essay will attempt to determine the origin of the cult of Woden and also to explore the functions, history and patterns of Woden’s inclusion in royal genealogies.

The Baronage in the Reign of Richard II, 1377-1399

The usurpation of Richard II by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke in 1399 was one of the most significant events in later medieval history.

Placenames and the settlement pattern of dark-age Scotland

This study will examine some placename evidence for features of settlement in E Scotland, that zone which lies of the Firth of Forth and E of the main Scottish mountain mass. In this areaat least four different languages have been spoken with differing temporal and spatial extents: one non-Indo-European tongue, Celtic, Norse and English.

St Fursa, the genealogy of an Irish saint the historical person and his cult

As it turns out, Fursa’s differing genealogical affiliations mirror the subsequent shifts in political and ecclesiastical developments in Irish medieval history.

Greeks in Early Medieval Barcelona?

The aim of this article is to draw attention to a group of persenal names which occurs almost exclusively in the city of Barcelona in tilese decades around the year 1000, which may throw some additional llght on the range of externa1 cgntacts. The name in question is that of Greco.

Profiling English Landed Society in 1066

Professor Lewis details the project, Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of English Landed Society in 1066 project, which involves completing a prosopography of landowners from England in 1066

Ralph de Limésy: Conqueror’s Nephew? The Origins of a Discounted Claim

Ralph de Limésy: Conqueror’s Nephew? The Origins of a Discounted Claim Jackson, Peter (University of Oxford) Prosopon Newsletter (1997) Abstract The name of Ralph de Limésy is well enough known to medieval prosopographers, both as a substantial tenant-in-chief in several counties in post-Conquest England and as the founder (ca 1095) of a Benedictine house at […]

More about Magnus, Count of Wroclaw

More about Magnus, Count of Wroclaw Skarbek-Kozietulski, Marek Genealogia Mediaevalis Genetica, August 4, (2011) Abstract Twentieth-century German medieval researchers saw Piotr Wlostowic, the famous Palatine of the Polish Duke Wladyslaw II the Exile, as a grandson of Magnus, the Count (Comes) of Wroclaw. They argued this from two sources, the records of Gallus Anonymus’ “Polish […]

What was the true identity of Magnus, Count of Wroclaw?

What was the true identity of Magnus, Count of Wroclaw? Skarbek-Kozietulski, Marek Genealogia Mediaevalis Genetica (2010) Abstract Which clan of Polish medieval nobility1 derives its male lineage from Count Magnus of Wroclaw? This man of noble birth, who bore a mysteriously non-Slavic name, was mentioned twice in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus. This vexed question has […]

Mass Conversion and Genealogical Mentalities: Jews and Christians in Fifteenth-Century Spain

Mass Conversion and Genealogical Mentalities: Jews and Christians in Fifteenth-Century Spain By David Nirenberg Past and Present, No. 174 (2002) Introduction: It is both well known and worthy of note that Sephardim (that is, the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain) and Spaniards shared an unusually heightened concern with lineage and genealogy in the early […]

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