History KS2: The Domesday Book (animation)

An exploration of life post-1066, the rule of King William and the compilation of the Domesday Book.

Faced with the threat of foreign invasion, King William wants to know how much tax he can raise, so sets out to record every person, every manor and every animal in his country.

The process of collecting the data is explained.

This is from the series: The Story of Britain

Teacher Notes

Could be used to introduce the concept of the Domesday Book and start discussions on how it was used then and today.

Why did William make the Domesday Book? What information is contained in the Domesday Book?

Students can be encouraged to look at the online version of the Domesday Book for a place near them and see what they can learn from it about their local area.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England and Wales and KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland.

Also Early 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: The Story of Britain

Roman Britain
New Stone Age
Middle Stone Age
The Normans
Bronze Age Britain
Iron Age Britain
The Vikings
Anglo-Saxon Britain
Boudica and the Roman Invasion