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Computer-based Analysis of Early-modern English Wills

Computer-based Analysis of Early-modern English Wills The study of local manifestations of the English Reformation has created an interest in the beliefs of ordinary lay people, and wills are a potentially fruitful, but problematic, source of such information. This article describes the ways in which the text-based database askSam, and the spreadsheet, Quattro, were used to analyse a systematic sample of approximately 2,600 wills written between 1540 and 1580 in Gloucestershire. However, it is first necessary to discuss the problematic nature of the source, that is, the question of testator agency with regard to the wills' contents. The contents of the database and the analytical methodology employed are then discussed. Finally, the article presents a brief summary of the results of this analysis and suggests other ways in which the wills database might be used. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Edinburgh University Press

Computer-based Analysis of Early-modern English Wills

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
ISSN
1753-8548
eISSN
1755-1706
DOI
10.3366/hac.1995.7.3.143
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Abstract

The study of local manifestations of the English Reformation has created an interest in the beliefs of ordinary lay people, and wills are a potentially fruitful, but problematic, source of such information. This article describes the ways in which the text-based database askSam, and the spreadsheet, Quattro, were used to analyse a systematic sample of approximately 2,600 wills written between 1540 and 1580 in Gloucestershire. However, it is first necessary to discuss the problematic nature of the source, that is, the question of testator agency with regard to the wills' contents. The contents of the database and the analytical methodology employed are then discussed. Finally, the article presents a brief summary of the results of this analysis and suggests other ways in which the wills database might be used.

Journal

International Journal of Humanities and Arts ComputingEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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