CIDOC-CRM class E21

What is a "Person" & how to use it

The class "Person" comprises real persons who live, lived or are assumed to have lived.
Note: Legendary figures and figures from mythodology do not belong to the class "Person". Please contact us in case you wish to use such figures.
The class "Person" is a Persistent Item, which is characterized/described by Temporal Entities such as "birth" (that took place at a specific moment in time).

Add a Person

Two fields are mandatory to add a Person :
  • his naming (person appelation in language)
  • and a short definition that allows other users (and even you) to identify him/her quickly.
FAIR: To facilitate the re-use of data, a definition is mandatory. Be simple and factual. If you can, add a temporal and/or a geographical situation, a rank or a function, in order to inform other users.

Learn by example: The Duke Amédée VIII of Savoy

Basics fields
Biographical basics and family

Give a Name and a Definition to your Person

The first step is to give your Person a name (or person appellation in language). Remember that a naming could be linked to a language (french, english, latin,...), a time-span and a type.
Add a short definition that helps to identify the person (including a rank, position, location or similar).
You can enter the complete name or you can split his first name and his last name and add them separately, defining a "type" for each naming in the Controlled Vocabulary Setting. The way you call and define the types of "appelation in language" of your person it's up to you.
In our case, "Amédée" is a first name, "de Savoie" is a last name. He was call the "Pacific" as surname, but he also carry an official or professional appelation as "Amédée VIII de Savoie" or "Félix V" as pope:
The different appelations of Amédée VIII of Savoy

Biographical Basics and Family

Use the profile Biographical Basics and family to describe essential aspects of a persons life : his or her gender, birth and death, origine, a specific localisation or the union with another person.
In our case, Amédée VIII is a male. He was born on 4 September 1383 at the castel of Chambéry, in Chambéry, from the union of Amédée VII of Savoy and Bonne de Berry. He died of natural causes or disease in Geneva on 7 January 1451 and was buried in the Priory of Ripaille, then transferred to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin. His will was written on the 6th of December in the year 1439.
Generally speaking, his origins are in Savoy, but he is known to have moved a little in his life. In particular, he went several times to Dijon, the town of his wife, once to Avignon (1395), three times to Paris (1398, 1401, 1410), another time to Lyon (1415) and still traveled regularly through his territory, staying in his many castles.
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