Domesday: Book of Judgement by Sally Harvey

By Sally Harvey

Domesday: e-book of Judgement presents a different examine of the extreme eleventh-century survey, the Domesday e-book. Sally Harvey depicts the Domesday booklet because the written proof of a probably insecure conquest effectively remodeling itself, by way of a mixture of administrative perception and army could, right into a everlasting establishment.

William I used the Domesday Inquiry to include the recent institution and consolidate their landholding revolution inside a strict monetary and tenurial framework, with tests and balances to avoid the king's fans from taking extra powers and resources than they'd been allotted. during this method, the survey served as a conciliatory gesture among the conquerors and the conquered, as William I got here to understand that, confronted with the chance to his rule from the Danes, he wanted England's native
populations greater than they wanted him. sure, the overlying topic of the Domesday e-book is Judgment: each classification of society had cause to treat the Survey's methodical and infrequently pitiless court cases as either a literal and a metaphorical day of account.

In this quantity, Sally Harvey considers the Anglo-Saxon history and the architects of the survey: the bishops, royal clerks, sheriffs, jurors, and landholders who contributed to Domesday's content material and scope. She additionally discusses at size the middle details within the Survey: coinage, sales from landholding, monetary concessions, and taxation, in addition to a few vital tenurial matters. She attracts the belief that the list, while consolidating William's place as king of the English, also
laid the principles for the twelfth-century treasury and exchequer. the amount newly argues that the Domesday survey additionally turned an inquest into person sheriffs and officers, thereby laying a origin for reinterpreting the scale of cities in England.

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