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Now complete, this major research project had four principle goals: to establish the succession to Domesday fees, to establish the provenance (Norman or other, including English) of the first fee-holder, to provide a prosopographical register of all persons occurring in English administrative documents written in the century after the Norman Conquest, and to establish a database of all information, including the Latin sources in a system designed to recognize the centrality of the historian as interpreter of the data, but placing careful controls upon him in order to protect the integrity of the data.

The project has resulted in the publication of three books:

Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan and David E. Thornton (eds.), Domesday Names: An Index of Latin Personal and Place Names in Domesday Book (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1997) ISBN: 0851154298.

Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan, Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Document: 1066-1166, Vol. I: Domesday Book (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1999) ISBN: 085115722X.

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Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan, Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Document: 1066-1166, Vol. II: Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2002) ISBN: 0851158633.

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For details on these three books and how to order, contact Boydell and Brewer Ltd

The material for the books was generated from the COEL database, which forms an essential complement to the books. The database provides a rapid index facility for the tens of thousand of names and other data in the books. It provides in addition the Latin texts on which the English commentaries were based, family trees, full Latin and English text searching, querying etc. etc. The editable version of the database enables a user to add his/her files.

The database is now available on CD in two versions, an uneditable browser version and a fully editable version which will permit the user to make additions to his copy of the database. Both versions are available in single- and multi-user format. System requirements are as follows: Pentium with minimum 32Mb RAM (64+Mb RAM desirable}; at least 120 Mb free hard-disk space; minimum 16-bit monitor with 800 x 600 pixels; Windows 95, 98, 2000 and ME, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT. Mac users can run the database by using Virtual PC. Click here for a downloadable zip version of the whole manual for the database. For information about how to obtain a copy of the CD send an email to katharine.keats-rohan@linacre.ox.ac.uk. Screen shots from an earlier version of the database are available here.



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The compilers were Dr Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan with the assistance of Dr Olga Borymchuk and Jacquelyn Fernholz.