Source:Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands

Source Medieval Lands
A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families
Author Cawley, Charles
Place Europe
Subject Family tree
Publication information
Type Website
Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
Foundation for Medieval Genealogy website


Usage Tips

  • Mr. Cawley has kindly offered the following recommendation as to citation content:
"I suggest you cite Document name, Chapter title (not number, as new chapters could be added), name of the person as it appears in the text. At least that way the researcher can use the find facility in his internet browser if he cannot locate the individual himself."
  • The density of information is such that a point cite is absolutely required.
  • While the information for many individuals is marked by a reliable HTML anchor, this is not universally true. There are two different citation forms, depending on whether a convenient anchor exists or not.

Cites using an HTML Anchor

When possible, the HTML anchor form of citation is very much preferred. Mr Cawley has promised to be careful to maintain these anchor strings with care in future versions of his work - and they are obviously much more convenient to use. Finding the anchor string, if any, is the first step. This problem would be odious, were it not for the fact that Mr Cawley makes use of links and anchors symmetrically. That is to say, almost any time that you follow a bright red link, you will be directed to an entry containing - among other things - a link that will take you back to where you began.

In some cases, it is easy to see that an anchor is present, because the start of the entry contains red active link text. For example, see "GEOFFROY d’Anjou, son of FOULQUES...". To get the needed link content for use in a citation, click on the red text, which will take you to "GEOFFROY d’Anjou (24 Aug 1113...", then click on the "see below" text, which returns you to the original position. Now however, your browser address entry will contain,%20MAINE.htm#GeoffroyVdied1151B, which is the address you want to use in a citation for Geoffrey, son of Foulques.

Other times, the availability of an anchor is a little less obvious. For example, starting at the entry for "FOULQUES d'Anjou, son of FOULQUES IV", moving down the page we see his first child, "ALICE [Isabelle] d'Anjou." While this entry doesn't start with red text, scanning further we see an active link for her husband, "WILLIAM “Atheling” of England". Following that, we see William's entry, predictably containing the return link to Alice, "ALICE [Isabelle] d’Anjou". Following that again yields the address we wanted to begin with, ",%20MAINE.htm#AliceMGuillaumeNormandydied1120", which is used for Matilda (Alice).

The usual custom for visible link text, in keeping with Mr. Cawley's guidance of using text that is easy to identify, is to use whatever text begins the entry, up to, but not including, the ".". This will contain DOB and DOD for the person, if known.

Cites without a convenient anchor

When there is no anchor beginning a record, we use an anchor to the chapter of interest. The citation itself is also laid out differently, since we do not have a link that makes sense in the "Record Name" field. For example, for Fulk I FitzWarin, we have an active link to the Chapter of interest, followed by the usual beginning of entry string that we can search forward on.