While the annotated bibliography is being compiled, the Centre offers a short introductory Bibliography of Prosopography.


i. Background

George Beech, 'Prosopography', in Medieval Studies An Introduction, ed. James Powell, (Syracuse UP, 1976), 151-84.

Karl Ferdinand Werner, 'L'apport de la prosopographie à l'histoire sociale des élites', in K.S.B. Keats-Rohan ed., Family Trees and the Roots of Politics (Woodbridge, 1997), 1-21.

C. Nicolet, 'Prosopographie et histoire sociale: Rome et l'Italie à l'époque républicaine', Annales, Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations 25 (1970), 1209-28; in Annuaire de l'École pratique des Hautes Études (1970/1), 297 ff.

E.A. Wrigley ed., Identifying People in the Past (London, 1973).

L. Stone, 'Prosopography', in F. Gilbert and S. Graubard eds., Historical Studies Today (New York, 1972).

N. Bulst and J.P. Genet, eds., Medieval Lives and the Historian, (Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 1986).


ii. Some Prosopographical 'classics'

E. Klebs, P. vion Rohden, H. Dessau, Prosopographia Imperii Romani, 3 vols (Berlin 1987-8; a new second editon, covering the latters A-P, was published in 1998).

A.H.M. Jones, J. R. Martindale, J. Morris, Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire (260-641) 3 vols (Cambridge, 1971-1992).

M. Heinzelmann, 'Gallische Prosopographie 260-527', Francia x (1983), 531-718.

Sir Ronald Syme, The Roman Revolution (1939).

Karl Ferdinand Werner, 'Untersuchungen zur Frühzeit des Französischen Fürstentums (9-10 Jahrhundert)', Die Welt als Geschichte 18, 1958, 256-89; 19, 1959, 146-93; 20, 1960, 87-119; 'Bedeutende Adelsfamilien', in: Karl der Grosse Lebenswerk und Nachleben, ed. H. Beumann, 4 vols, Düsseldorf 1965, i, 3-142 (one or the other is translated in T. Reuter ed., The Medieval Nobility (Amsterdam, 1979).

L. Génicot, 'Haut clergé et noblesse dans le diocèse de Liége du XIe au XVe siècle', in Adel und Kirche. Gerd Tellenbach zum 65 Geburtstag... (Freiburg, 1968), 247-58.


iii. Onomastics

M. Mitterauer, Ahnen und Heilige. Namengebung in der europäische Geschichte (München, 1993).

S.G. Byrne, M.J. Osborne, A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, ii (Oxford, 1994).

M. Bourin and P. Chareille, dirs., Genèse médiévale de l'anthroponymie moderne.

D. Guenenich, W. Haubrichs, J. Jarnut, Nomen et Gens. Zur historischen Aussagekraft frümittelalterlicher Personnamen (Berlin, 1997).

K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, C. Settipani ed., Onomastique et Parenté dans l'Occident médiéval (UPR, Oxford, 2000).


iv. Necrological/Memorial material in religious history

K. Schmid, J. Wollasch eds., MEMORIA. Der geschichtliche Zeugniswert des liturgischen Gedenkens im MA (München, 1984).

G. Oexle ed., Memoria in der Gesellschaft des MA (Gottingen 1994).

K. Schmid ed., Die Klostergemeinschaft von Fulda (München, 1978).

M. Parisse, 'La communauté monastique de Fulda', Francia vii (1980), 107-26.

J. Wollasch, 'Prosopographie et informatique. L'exemple des Clunisiens et de leur entourage laïque', Informatique et prosopographie (Paris, CNRS, 1986), 209-18.

A. Decker-Hauer, Memorialüberlieferung im frühmittelalterlichen Paris (Sigmaringen, 1998).


v. Genealogical reconstruction

C. Settipani, Continuité gentilice et continuité familiale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale. Mythe et réalité (UPR, Oxford 2000).


vi. Sources and Prosopographical Analysis - two examples

A.B. Emdem, A Biographical Dictionary of Members of the University of Oxford from AD 1176-1500, 3 vols, (Oxford, 1957-9).

id., A Biographical Register of the University of Cambridge to 1500 (Cambridge, 1963).

Malcolm C. Burson, 'Emden's Registers and the Prosopography of the Medieval English Universities', Medieval Prosopography 3.2 (1982), 53-52

Ralph Evans, 'The analysis by computer of A. B. Emden's Biographical Registers of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge', in N. Bulst and J.-P. Genet eds., Medieval Lives and the Historian. Studies in Medieval Prosopography (Kalamazoo, 1986), 381-94.

Robin Fleming, 'A report of the Domesday Book Database project', Medieval Prosopography 7.2 (1986), 55-62. This project allegedly contains "information on some 45000 individuals across England" -drawn from only one half of Domesday Book, viz. Great Domesday. This is an example of how NOT to do things. The author has confused name records with individuals. The Hull Domesday project, led by John Palmer and Andrew Ayton, have recognized that 45000 is a collection of repetitions, but still show an unfortunate tendency to produce and write about statistics that do not take account of the fact. Both projects, as also the Australian project led by J. Macdonald and G.D. Snooks, are over reliant on statistical analysis. Their fundamental error is to analyse data of which the meaning is highly contentious, notably in the matter of values, ploughlands and hides. Full references given in K.S.B. Keats-Rohan and David E. Thornton, COEL and the Computer: Towards a Prosopographical Key to Anglo-Norman Documents, 1066-1166', Medieval Prosopography, 17.1 (1996), note 6, p. 227.

K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, Domesday People. A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166. I. Domesday Book (Woodbridge, 1999).


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