Medieval People

Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes "Medieval People: Social Bonds, Kinship and Networks" (ISSN 2690-8182; eISSN 2690-8190), formerly published under the title "Medieval Prosopography: History and Collective Biography" (ISSN 0198-9405; eISSN 2381-8700).


"Medieval People" builds upon what its precursor, "Medieval Prosopography," sought to do: it is dedicated to highlighting the experiences of unknown or obscure individuals or groups, as well as exploring the social networks that gave shape to the lives of all medieval people. The journal has been updated, however, to reflect the new trends in scholarship and the ever-growing number of tools available to scholars, as well as the rich offerings of digital humanities projects that can assist scholars in developing a deeper and more inclusive understanding of the medieval world. Therefore volume 35 of "Medieval Prosopography" is the last volume available in print, while volume 36, coming in early 2022, will be the first volume under the title "Medieval People" and the first online-only volume of the journal (articles can be printed by subscribers).

Taking Eileen Power’s classic book "Medieval People" as a touchstone, the inaugural volume of the journal will contain articles that correspond directly with the narratives in Power’s volume, such as Constance Bouchard’s updating of “The Peasant Bodo.” But the focus of the journal has also been updated and expanded to include articles on medieval people who were not included in the original work, including, for instance, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen’s examination of Lombard queens and Lucy Barnhouse’s discussion of the relationship of the sick and destitute with a German monastery. These articles align with the journal’s mission to promote the study of overlooked or understudied medieval people and groups.

To highlight how the study of the past has transformed and broadened, consideration of the tools that scholars can now employ to detect relationships not known heretofore, but also to recover the experiences of people whose stories would otherwise remain unretrievable, will also be included. Courtney Luckhardt, for example, uses social networking software to trace the relationships between pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem.


  • Amy Livingstone, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Charlotte Cartwright, Christopher Newport University

Executive Board

  • Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University
  • Jonathan R. Lyon, University of Chicago
  • Joel T. Rosenthal, State University of New York at Stony Brook


"Medieval People": Volume 36 (2022) Table of Contents

"Peasants and Polyptyques in the Ninth Century: The Peasant Hermod," by Constance B. Bouchard
"Lives of the Sisters of Syon Abbey ca. 1415–1539: Patterns of Vocation from the Syon Martiloge and Other Records," by Virginia Bainbridge
"The Diplomatic Career of Sir John Colville (ca. 1365–ca. 1447)," by Gilbert Bogner
"From Slave to Wife: Manumission and Marriage in Venetian Crete, " by Rena N. Lauer
"'A Certain Poor Woman': Vulnerability and Visibility among Hospital Donors and Tenants in the Late Medieval Rhineland," by Lucy C. Barnhouse
"Royal Women in Lombard Italy: Gender and Royal Power," by Nicole Lopez-Jantzen
"The Children of Louis VI of France and Adelaïde of Maurienne, and the Date of a Historical Compendium of Saint-Denis," by Elizabeth A. R. Brown
"From Digital Prosopography to Social Network Analysis: Medieval People in the Twenty-first Century," by Matthew Hammond
"Visualizing the Social Networks of Early Medieval Pilgrims," by Courtney Luckhardt
"Life Writing on Lead: Burial Plaques and their Obituaries, ca. 950–1200," by Elisabeth van Houts
"A New Digital Prosopography: The Medieval Londoners Database," by Maryanne Kowelski
"Networks of Crusading: An Introductory Overview of Digital Resources for Research into People, Place, and Space," by Katy Mortimer
"The Cartulary of Prémontré: People, Places, and Networks from Medieval to Digital," by Yvonne Seale and Heather Wacha
"Complicated Lives and Collaborative Research: Mapping the Effects of Conversion to Christianity on Jewish Marriage Practices in Late Medieval Girona," by Alexandra Guerson and Dana Wessell Lightfoot

Past Volumes

The most recent volume of "Medieval Prosopography," Volume 35 (2020), contained articles by Valerie L. Garver with Penelope Nash and Elena Woodacre, Jeremy Piercy, Hannah Ingram, Alison K. McHardy, and  István Kádas with Boglárka Weisz, and book reviews.

All past volumes of "Medieval Prosopography" are available on our ScholarWorks platform.


"Medieval People" is published annually in a digital format. Journal subscriptions and orders of individual issues, which can also be printed on demand, are handled by our distributor, ISD. Subscription pricing is as follows:
  • Student/retiree/independent scholar subscriptions are $20.
  • Individual subscriptions are $40.
  • Institution or library subscriptions are $90.
  • Our subscription order form can also be used to contact ISD for print-on-demand orders.


Text in black reading Middle Ages for Educators next to an icon of a book on a lectern.

The editors of "Medieval People" have selected Middle Ages for Educators as our first "Editors Choice." This website has many useful resources for those teaching the medieval period, from experts to public educators. Expansive in its geographical and chronological breadth, Middle Ages for Educators provides videos, primary sources, and links to contact experts in many fields of medieval scholarship. The podcasts by medieval scholars cover a range of topics that are timely and will appeal to students – climate change and pollution in medieval Paris, for example. Elegantly produced and user friendly, this digital resource is invaluable for those teaching and learning about the Middle Ages.


Medieval Londoners

A blue rectangle with gold border. Inside, to the left, is a medieval manuscript image of a bridge with buildings on top; to the right are the words "Medieval Londoners" in white.The "Medieval Londoners Project" provides curated guides to resources about medieval London and its people, as well as a searchable digital prosopography for  residents of London, Southwark and Westminster between c. 1100 and 1520.  These features highlight the Project’s pedagogical interests, as do the syllabi, instructions for digital projects and opportunities for digital training it offers.

People of Medieval Scotland

People of Medieval Scotland icon: the words "People of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1371" in white on a blue background, with a white wax seal in the left margin.

"People of Medieval Scotland" is a digital factoid prosopography with data on over 22,500 people and institutions in the kingdom of Scotland between the years 1093 and 1371, drawn from over 9,000 documents. PoMS provides exhaustive coverage of charters, letters and similar sources dealing with people, possessions and privileges within Scotland between 1093 and 1314, with further coverage of all royal charters from 1314 to 1371. PoMS has been groundbreaking in its extensive integration of social network analysis, including over 100 interactive sociograms. Users can also search and display results using maps.

The Revised Regesta Regni Hierosolymitani Database

"The Revised Regesta Regni Hierosolymitani Database" is a digitized database of sources available for the study of the crusader states and related regions (ca.1095–ca.1292). Among other resources, it contains summaries and part translations of relevant documents such as charters and letters, as well as an extensive glossary of terms and a bibliography. It is both an excellent teaching and research tool for those working on prosopography and the crusades to the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. The project is ongoing, and a “Future” tab offers information for planned new directions.


Medieval People: Submissions

This journal explores the lives of medieval people of all ranks, periods and places in the medieval world and welcomes submissions that explore a single life, that highlight the important social bonds of an individual or group, or the study of social networks from late antiquity to the sixteenth century. If the editors believe the article is suitable for publication in the journal, it will be evaluated by experts in the field. Articles in the major European languages are invited and will be published in their original language. Please submit articles through the journal's ScholarWorks page, and contact the editors with any questions about submissions.

General Submission Rules 

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to "Medieval People," the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at "Medieval People."

Formatting Requirements 

Please submit articles with a minimum of formatting. Do not justify the right margin, or use varying type sizes or variable line space, or insert extra spaces around paragraphs. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for further details. Additional necessary materials (e.g., tables, family trees, etc.) should also be submitted as Word files when possible.