Did your ancestor serve on the campaign?
In this task, you will have the opportunity to explore an online database recording the names of medieval soldiers between 1369 and 1453. Can you find your own name? Did your ancestor fight at Agincourt?
This task uses the database ‘The Soldier in Medieval England,’ which contains the names of tens of thousands of men who served the English Crown between 1369 and 1453. The battle of Agincourt sits within this period and so the database provides us with an opportunity to obtain the names of the men who went to France with Henry V in 1415.
In this task, you will begin exploring the database by investigating the soldiers who served with the following four captains: John, Earl of Huntingdon; Sir James Haryngton; Robert, Lord Willoughby, and Thomas, Lord Camoys.
How to use the database
- Click on the database link.
- Search the ‘muster roll database’ which is at the top of the page.
- In the box ‘search for,’ type one of the captain’s names, e.g. ‘Huntingdon,’ ‘Haryngton,’ ‘Willoughby’ or ‘Camoys’ (it is easiest to search by surname).
- Select the field ‘captain name’ from the drop down list.
- Click ‘submit search.’
- You will see a full list of men that served under that captain with a variety of information recorded.
- Answer the questions and share your findings and impressions in the comments area.
Go to The Solder in Medieval England database.
Using the database, can you find the answers to the following questions?
- Can you find the men-at-arms and archers for each captain?
- How many soldiers are there of each type?
- Can you see any family names in common?
- What are the most common first names?
- What other information does the muster roll tell you?
Using the database to find other information
You can also use the database to find out other information by changing the field that you are searching by. In this way, you can search for ‘1415’ to find all of the soldiers who took part in the Agincourt campaign. You can also search for your own name.
Note: if you can’t find your name immediately, try alternative spellings! Medieval names were not standardised so the form of certain names may vary.
Also: the database will soon be renovated and improved. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the database, we’d love to hear them! Please put any suggestions in the comment area below.
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