Friday, July 24, 2009


The detailed service records of 250,000 medieval English soldiers (covers the period 1369-1453) have gone online in a free database. The database includes records of archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt. The records of soldiers who fought in the Hundred Years War reveal salaries, sickness records, and records of knighthoods granted. These fairly records of soldiers of this time period will allow researchers to piece together fairly detailed accounts of the military service of nobles, knights, and common soldiers.

The database is the product of a research project by Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton and Dr. Adrian Bell of the University ofReading.

Dr Bell said: “The service records survive because the English exchequer had a very modern obsession with wanting to be sure that the government's money was being spent as intended. Therefore we have the remarkable survival of indentures for service detailing the forces to be raised, muster rolls showing this service and naming every soldier from duke to archer.”

Bell added that accounts from captains showing how funds were spent plus entries detailing when the exchequer requested the payments can be found. This free database (which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) even shows which mounted soldiers rode the furthest:


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