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The COEL Database

The Continental Origins of English Landowners, 1066-1166

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, and to provide a prosopographical register of all persons occurring in English administrative documents written in the century after the Norman Conquest. The full Latin texts of over 4000 documents are included in the database and integrally linked to analysis about over the 9000 persons, and their families, who occur in them. Query and search facilites make easy work of finding, cross-referencing and interrogating a wealth of detail, as do visual aids such as dynamic family trees.

The project has resulted in the publication of three essential reference books: K. S. B. Keats-Rohan and David E. Thornton (compilers.), Domesday Names: An Index of Latin Personal and Place Names in Domesday Book (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1997, reprinted 2007) ISBN: 0851154298.

K 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. [Out of Print], and 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. Print-on-demand versions of an extensively updated edition of these books are now available from the publisher.

The COEL database forms an essential complement to the books, which it eclipses in wealth of detail and functionality. 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 and more besides. The editable version enables a user to add his/her own files to the database.

The COEL database 2nd edn. 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 licence format.

System Requirements - Please Read Carefully

*PLEASE NOTE - Due to technological advances since its creation, the COEL Database does not come with any system support.

Base Requirements:

Pentium or AMD equivilent with minimum 32Mb RAM (64+Mb RAM desirable}; at least 120 Mb free hard-disk space; Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP (32 bit).

Explore the richness of the COEL Database and its functionality by examining the whole manual for the database, available on request as a zip file.

Windows Vista Users

The COEL Database should run on Windows Vista provided the operating system is fully updated including the important 2007 Compatibility Update

Windows 7 Users

The COEL Database is a 32bit program that will only run using the Windows 7 Virtual PC - XP compatibility mode. This is ONLY available for Windows 7 Proffesional & Windows 7 Ultimate users.

Please check carefully before purchasing as most modern PC's/Laptops have Windows 7 Home or Home Premium installed which is NOT compatible. To find out what operating system you are running click the 'Start' button, open 'Control Panel' and go to 'System'.

Mac Users

Mac users can run the database by using Virtual PC for Mac.



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