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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Explore the lives of over 55,000 people who have shaped the British past over the last 2,400 years: from Julius Caesar and Boudicca to Princess Diana and Sid Vicious.

The award-winning Oxford DNB offers:

  • the full text of the new 60-volume print edition plus the full text of the original 33-volume DNB
  • over 10,000 portrait illustrations
  • an expanding range of invaluable reference lists, and articles on themes and groups, all with direct links to Oxford DNB biographies.

A myriad of search options mean that you answer the following questions in seconds:

Who was killed at the battle of Agincourt? Who was painted by Holbein and where can you find their portraits? Who was born at 3 Westminster Street, Wigan? Who is buried in Highgate Cemetery? Which musician studied at the Liverpool College of Art? Who left cattle in their will? Who lived in Cornwall before 1600?

To use the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (opens in a new window), you must enter your Dorset library card number, prefaced by DORSET e.g. DORSET001234567A.

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