Domesday: Book of Judgement

Hardcover | September 5, 2014

bySally Harvey

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Domesday: Book of Judgement provides a unique study of the extraordinary eleventh-century survey, the Domesday Book. Sally Harvey depicts the Domesday Book as the written evidence of a potentially insecure conquest successfully transforming itself, by a combination of administrative insightand military might, into a permanent establishment.William I used the Domesday Inquiry to contain the new establishment and consolidate their landholding revolution within a strict fiscal and tenurial framework, with checks and balances to prevent the king's followers from taking more powers and assets than they had been allocated. In this way, thesurvey served as a conciliatory gesture between the conquerors and the conquered, as William I came to realise that, faced with the threat to his rule from the Danes, he needed England's native populations more than they needed him. Yes, the overlying theme of the Domesday Book is Judgment: everyclass of society had reason to regard the Survey's methodical and often pitiless proceedings as both a literal and a metaphorical day of account.In this volume, Sally Harvey considers the Anglo-Saxon background and the architects of the survey: the bishops, royal clerks, sheriffs, jurors, and landholders who contributed to Domesday's content and scope. She also discusses at length the core information in the Survey: coinage, revenues fromlandholding, fiscal concessions, and taxation, as well as some central tenurial issues. She draws the conclusion that the record, whilst consolidating William's position as king of the English, also laid the foundations for the twelfth-century treasury and exchequer. The volume newly argues that theDomesday survey also became an inquest into individual sheriffs and officials, thereby laying a foundation for reinterpreting the size of towns in England.

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Domesday: Book of Judgement provides a unique study of the extraordinary eleventh-century survey, the Domesday Book. Sally Harvey depicts the Domesday Book as the written evidence of a potentially insecure conquest successfully transforming itself, by a combination of administrative insightand military might, into a permanent establish...

Sally Harvey has worked in the field of Domesday studies for many years, including as a lecturer at the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford, and has lectured and written broadly on the subject throughout her career. Although retired, she continues to study and write on medieval and early-modern European history, but makes ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199669783

ISBN - 13:9780199669783

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IntroductionPART I: THE MAKING OF DOMESDAY BOOK1. The English Context: The 'Book Of Winchester' and The Domus Dei2. The Architects of the Inquiry: Bishops and Royal Clerks3. Who Wrote Domesday Book? Resources and Expertise in the Localities4. Who Wrote Domesday Book? The Returns and the Book5. The MastermindPART II: THE PURPOSES OF THE INQUIRY AND THE BOOK6. Coinage, the Treasury, and 'the Exchequer'7. The Valor: the Definition and Import of Values in Domesday8. Domesday and Taxation9. The 'Checking': the Inquest of Sheriffs and Other Officers10. The Book of the Day of Judgement