Gascon Rolls Project



In 1152 the future King Henry II Plantagenet of England married the divorced wife of King Louis VII of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine. This brought the great duchy of Aquitaine into the possession of the Plantagenet kings of England with momentous consequences for the history of Europe, particularly for relations between England and France. Although studies have been devoted to many aspects of the subsequent period, there are still very significant gaps in our knowledge. To a very large degree this is a result of the inaccessibility of the major source for Plantagenet rule in Aquitaine, namely the Gascon Rolls (C 61) in the U.K. National Archives.

The Gascon Rolls project has been established with the aim of making the rolls accessible to researchers. It is a collaborative project between the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool, and the Centre for the Computing in the Humanities at King’s College, University of London, and is funded by a large grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aims of the project are ambitious, and are to provide a full calendar (summary translation) edition of all the unpublished rolls – C 61/32–144 (1317-1468). The edition will initially be provided as an online resource only. It will be available alongside high quality digital images of the original rolls provided by The National Archives (TNA). There will also be extensive indexes which will be fully searchable and a full historical introduction which will make the edition an invaluable resource for scholars. [Text reproduced from project website]


  • Countries: England, France (Gascony, Acquitaine)
  • Dates: 1317–1468
  • Names (authors, historical figures…): King Henry II Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Disciplines (history, linguistics, literature, paleography…): History, prosopography, diplomatic


University of Oxford

  • Dr Malcolm. G. A. Vale (Project Director)
  • Dr Guilhem Pépin (Research Assistant)

School of History, University of Liverpool

  • Mr Paul. H. W. Booth (Project Co-Director)
  • Dr Simon J. Harris (Research Assistant)

The Department of Digital Humanities (formerly the Centre for Computing in the Humanities), King’s College London

  • Paul Spence (Technical Research Director)
  • Dr Eleonora Litta Modignani (Lead Analyst 2008-2011)
  • Dr Elena Pierazzo (Lead Analyst 2009)
  • Paul Vetch (Lead Interface Design)
  • José Miguel Vieira (Lead Programmer)

The National Archives

  • Dr Adrian Jobson (Project Liaison until 2010)
  • Dr James Ross (Project Liaison from 2010)