11
Jun

MEDIEVAL ENGLAND SOLDIER DATABASE


While doing a little research the other day, I came across what I think is a very cool site, the MEDIEVAL ENGLAND SOLDIER DATABASE. Now, while many of us aren’t lucky enough to be be able to track back our family histories this far (1300’s, 1400’s), this site can still be quite engaging!
It is made up of two sections: the DATABASE and the SOLDIER OF THE MONTH.

The DATABASE is searchable by First Name, Surname, Status, Military Rank, Captain Name, Commander, Year and Activity.

This is a result of a search of the First Name CHARLES:

FIRST NAME: Charles

LAST NAME: Middleton

STATUS: Esquire

RANK: Man-At-Arms

CAPTAIN NAME: Duke Humphrey of Gloucester

COMMANDER: Henry V

YEAR: 1415 (sick)

NATURE OF ACTIVITY: Exped France

A quick google search of the results can tell you a lot about the life Charles Middleton lived. As evidenced above, Charles was a gentleman (Esquire) and a professional soldier (Man-At-Arms) who served in France under Henry V’s brother. He probably engaged in the Hundred Years’ War, maybe in the Battle of Agincourt (before or after he got sick?). You can examine further the everyday life he may have lived at sites like:

The SOLDIER OF THE MONTH feature offers:

“sketches of the careers in arms of interesting soldiers, drawing on the evidence provided by the online database. The site’s team will contribute their own favourites to these soldier profiles, focusing on combatants taken from across a broad spectrum of the military community, from the foremost duke to the lowliest archer. We would also like to invite contributions from the wider academic and public audience. All that we ask is that your mini-biographies draw upon the project database as well as using other sources. We also welcome submission on groups of soldiers, connected by a common theme. We will give a prize to the best contribution from a non-team member.” (as posted on medievalsoldier.org).

June’s Soldier of the Month “focuses upon the interlinked careers of three knights, Sir John Calveley, Sir Richard Vernon and Sir Hugh Browe, who all met their end on opposing sides at the Battle of Shrewsbury 1403.”

If I’d love to see what kind of profiles/mini-bio’s you guys can come up with. Again, if you have a go at it and you send it to me, I’ll post it here to share!

09
Jun

YOU, TOO, CAN FEEL LIKE A GIANT!

Expounding on the previous post’s map theme, I’d like to share one of my favorite Google Earth features: Map Overlays (especially with 3D buildings turned on). This example in particular is a David Rumsey map of Lower New York City, 1832.

You have to download many of the 3D buildings from the GOOGLE 3D WAREHOUSE page, then put them into your Google Earth Folder (I made the folder in the Applications Folder – I use a Mac), put the Google Earth itself into it and the 3D image files (they have a .kmz extention) together. With Google Earth open, look to the Layers section on the left side of your screen and tick the box next to 3D Buildings. Further down the list is the option for different overlays/effects. Click the David Rumsey Maps, and click one of the icons that look like an old-styled compass/navigation symbol.

I especially like the way you can get down into the buildings, almost like being IN the map at street level!

 

You can explore maps and 3D cityscapes from all over the world, like the modern-day Louvre on 18th century Paris:

I’m sure many if not most of you already know about or maybe even already use these features, but I thought I’d share for those of you who may not!

I’d love to see how creative you all get with Google Earth! If you’d like, please feel free to send me your images and I’ll post them here!

 





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