I am writing to announce a new digital medieval page, which I am in the process of creating. When it will go up, I’m not sure–it won’t be complete when it does, but it should have substantial bits done. At first, it will be a page on this blog, but as it continues to grow, I may have to find a new home for it.
What is this project? Well, at the moment I’m not making much progress on my Chivalry and Warfare project, as the dissertation is taking the vast majority of my time.
However, I have decided to work on my dissertation, to remedy a major gap in online resources for medieval English military affairs, and to hopefully benefit younger and other scholars at the same time. Therefore, and with no gilding the lily or show of humility, just a simple statement: I’m starting a Medieval English Military Resources page, the first and primary task of which will be to present a chart of English military events and the archival documents which cover these events. At first it will be chronological, and will be strictly 14th-century, but as my data grows and my coding skills increase, it should ultimately become searchable and capable of alternate displays by categories, not just chronology.
The idea’s been going through my head for a while now, as the documentary sources for any given English campaign are often frustratingly scattered across a wide spectrum of parchments. As I’ve been going through these for a year and more, I think I’m in a good position to string these references together in a way that makes sense–I’ve uncovered my share of errors in the National Archives’ descriptions, the most notorious of which (notorious to me, anyway) is the description of John Beauchamp’s Calais garrison musters as “muster rolls for an expedition to France.” Had me barking up a wrong tree for a while until I put the pieces together. Anyway, you’ll see…
Look for a new page to go up on the blog in a few weeks!