Friday, April 27, 2012

Domesday

I'm continuing to read the book 1215 and it's really fascinating

The historic events or items that were involved with the Magna Carta signing are usually familiar to me but my depth of knowledge about them generally aren't very deep.

The Domesday Book is a prime example of this. The picture to the left is an excerpt from one of the pages. You can see examples of passages and even full pages by going to this address.

I've seen mentions of the Domesday Book here and there for most of my life but I never really knew what it was. Usually I see it mentioned relating to census data---how many people were alive in this or that year.


This is the format of the page that you'll see.

The Domesday Book is the record of the great survey of much of England that was conducted in 1085-1086 on the authority of William the Conqueror. He wanted the survey done so he'd know how much royal revenue would be available and how dependable it would be.

To do this King William sent people out to catalog everything in the country that was taxable by the king from the towns right down to individual crofters huts.

The cities were left out, presumably they were too difficult to survey. A total of 13,418 places were contained in the Domesday Book.

King William died the next year, in 1087, while traveling in France where he was the Duke of Normandy. He was the first Norman King of England but not the last.

1 comment:

Judy (kenju) said...

I will have to explore that when I get some time - probably in 2020. Now that we're planning a wedding. I won't have a minute to my name.