The Blood Database

This resource will help to categorise references to blood in literary, theological, political and medical texts (1400-1700) and will be built with the assistance of Oxford University Computing Services. The exact structure of the database will be finessed over the three stages of its construction but it is imagined that the textual references to blood collected within it will be searchable by date, subject, author, genre, and by certain categories of historical thinking on blood: matter, the divine, sovereignty, families, community, food, and the stage.

The Blood Database will provide a vital research tool for scholars working in literature, history, history of art and medicine, and theology. Our purpose is to not only offer the most comprehensive record of textual references to blood, but also encourage research that is interdisciplinary, innovative and exploratory.