The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded a Research Grant worth just under £500,000 to Dr Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton to challenge assumptions about the emergence of professional soldiery between 1369 and 1453.

The project has an innovative methodological approach and will be producing an on-line searchable resource for public use of immense value and interest to genealogists as well as social, political and military historians. The project employs two Research Assistants over three years and also includes one Doctoral Research Studentship - all of whom began work on 1st October 2006. The whole team is working on a jointly authored book, conference papers, and articles.

A pilot project database is now available for searching.

The online database currently holds just under 90,000 service records. These are taken from muster rolls, housed in The National Archives, for the years 1369 - 1453.

A section called 'Soldier of the Month' is featuring sketches of the careers in arms of interesting soldiers, drawing on the evidence provided by the online database.

via Genealogy Reviews Online