The Domesday Book

17 Apr, 2014 940 History of Europe

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Domesday Book, a vast survey of the land and property of much of England and Wales completed in 1086. Twenty years after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror sent officials to most of his new territories to compile a list of land holdings and to gather information about settlements, the people who lived there and even their farm animals. Almost without parallel in European history, the resulting document was of immense importance for many centuries, and remains a central source for medieval historians.

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  • Stephen Baxter 2 episodes
    Reader in Medieval History at Kings College London
  • Elisabeth van Houts 2 episodes
    Honorary Professor of Medieval European History at the University of Cambridge
  • David Bates No other episodes
    Professorial Fellow in Medieval History at the University of East Anglia

Reading list

  • William the Conqueror
    David Bates (The History Press, 2004) Google Books →
  • The Normans and Empire
    David Bates (Oxford University Press, 2013) Google Books →
  • A Social History of England 900-1200
    J. Crick and E. van Houts (eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2011) Google Books →
  • Normandy and its Neighbours 900-1250: Essays for David Bates
    D. Crouch and K. Thompson (eds.) (Brepols Publishers, 2011) Google Books →
  • The Norman Conquest: A Very Short Introduction
    George Garnett (Oxford University Press, 2009) Google Books →
  • Domesday Book Through Nine Centuries
    Elizabeth Hallam (Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1986) Google Books →
  • Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066-1166 - I. Domesday Book
    Katharine Keats-Rohan (Boydell Press, 1999) Google Books →
  • Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166 - II. Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum
    Katharine Keats-Rohan (Boydell Press, 2002) Google Books →
  • Domesday: The Inquest and the Book
    David Roffe (Oxford University Press, 2000) Google Books →
  • Conceptualizing Multilingualism in Medieval England c.800-c.1250
    E. M. Tyler (ed.) (Brepols Publishers, 2012)

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