Dr David Roffe

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Dr David Roffe
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
01-Oct-2017 to 22-Oct-2018
Institute of Historical Research
Home institution:
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Archaeology, Digital resources, History, History of the book, Manuscript studies, Medieval History, Palaeography
England, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I am a medieval historian with extensive experience in the interpretation and use of medieval documents. My research interests include the Danelaw, landscape history, church history, urban history, and insanity in the Middle Ages. Much of my work, however, has focused on the inquest as an instrument of government and Domesday Book. I pioneered the use of Domesday diplomatic to work out the order of writing of Domesday Book and elucidate the developing programme of the various scribes who contributed to it. This is an approach that has led to a number of new insights into the business of 1086 and has informed a radical re-appraisal of the nature of Domesday Book and its data. I have edited five volumes of the Alecto edition of Domesday Book (Derbyshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Nottinghamshire, London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1989-91, 2000), and have written two monographs on the subject (Domesday: the Inquest and the Book, Oxford: OUP, 2000; Decoding Domesday, Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007). Along with all the usual skills associated with medieval history, I have experience of the use of digital technologies in the representation, manipulation, and publication of records. I helped to design The Digital Domesday, an electronic version of the Alecto edition of Domesday Book on CDROM (London: Alecto Historical Editions, 2002) and have latterly developed a TEI mark-up schema for the Domesday texts. I am confident in the use of css for the formatting of web pages and xml and am acquainted with xstl and associated technologies.

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

I am engaged in producing a critical edition of Great Domesday Book which will supersede the Farley transcript of 1783, currently the only Latin text available.

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Research Projects & Supervisions

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

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