The Domesday Book

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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.


Stephen Baxter
Reader in Medieval History at Kings College London

Elisabeth van Houts
Honorary Professor of Medieval European History at the University of Cambridge

David Bates
Professorial Fellow in Medieval History at the University of East Anglia

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Stephen Baxter at King's College London


Elisabeth van Houts at the University of Cambridge


David Bates at the University of East Anglia


Domesday: the Inquest and the Book - Reviews in History


Domesday Book - Wikipedia





David Bates, William the Conqueror (The History Press, 2004)


David Bates, The Normans and Empire (Oxford University Press, 2013)


J. Crick and E. van Houts (eds.), A Social History of England 900-1200 (Cambridge University Press, 2011)


D. Crouch and K. Thompson (eds.), Normandy and its Neighbours 900-1250: Essays for David Bates (Brepols Publishers, 2011), especially ‘Intermarriage in Eleventh-Century England’ by Elisabeth van Houts


George Garnett, The Norman Conquest: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2009)


Elizabeth Hallam, Domesday Book Through Nine Centuries (Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1986)


Katharine Keats-Rohan, Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066-1166I. Domesday Book (Boydell Press, 1999)


Katharine Keats-Rohan, Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166II. Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum (Boydell Press, 2002)


David Roffe, Domesday: The Inquest and the Book (Oxford University Press, 2000)


E. M. Tyler (ed.), Conceptualizing Multilingualism in Medieval England c.800–c.1250 (Brepols Publishers, 2012), especially ‘The Making of Domesday Book and the Languages of Lordship in Conquered England’ by Stephen Baxter



Role Contributor
PresenterMelvyn Bragg
Interviewed GuestStephen Baxter
Interviewed GuestElisabeth van Houts
Interviewed GuestDavid Bates
ProducerThomas Morris

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