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The '''Domesday Book''' (or, colloquially, ''Domesday'') is the expression used since the late twelfth century to refer to the record of the "Great Inquisition or Survey of the lands of England, their extent, value, ownership, and liabilities, made by order of William the Conqueror in 1086".<ref name="OED">"Domesday" in ''Oxford English Dictionary'' (2014 online edition, Oxford University Press) accessed 19 Jan 2014.</ref> Two volumes survive in [[The National Archives of the United Kingdom|The National Archives]]: "Great Domesday" covers parts of [[Wales]] and most of modern [[England]] except for northern areas then under control of the then [[Scotland|Kingdom of Scotland]] and "Little Domesday" which covers in more detail [[Essex]], [[Suffolk]] and [[Norfolk]].<ref name="ODMA">William H. Smith, "Domesday Book" in Robert E. Bjork (ed.) ''The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages'', (2010, Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 9780198662624) published online 2010, eISBN: 9780199574834 www.oxfordreference.com accessed 19 Jan 2014.</ref> [[Image:Domesday Book.jpg|right|200px|Domesday Book.jpg]] The word '''Domesday''' is a Middle English spelling of doomsday, a day of judgment.<ref name="OED" />  
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The '''Domesday Book''' (or, colloquially, '''Domesday''') is the expression used since the late twelfth century to refer to the record of the "Great Inquisition or Survey of the lands of England, their extent, value, ownership, and liabilities, made by order of William the Conqueror in 1086".<ref name="OED">"Domesday" in ''Oxford English Dictionary'' (2014 online edition, Oxford University Press) accessed 19 Jan 2014.</ref> Two volumes survive in [[The National Archives of the United Kingdom|The National Archives]]: "Great Domesday" covers parts of [[Wales]] and most of modern [[England]] except for northern areas then under control of the then [[Scotland|Kingdom of Scotland]] and "Little Domesday" which covers in more detail [[Essex]], [[Suffolk]] and [[Norfolk]].<ref name="ODMA">William H. Smith, "Domesday Book" in Robert E. Bjork (ed.) ''The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages'', (2010, Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 9780198662624) published online 2010, eISBN: 9780199574834 www.oxfordreference.com accessed 19 Jan 2014.</ref><br>[[Image:Domesday Book.jpg|right|200px|Domesday Book.jpg]]<br>The word '''Domesday''' is a Middle English spelling of doomsday, a day of judgment.<ref name="OED" /><br> {{wikipedia|Domesday Book}}<br>  
  
 
The survey was executed for William I of England (William the Conqueror): "While spending the Christmas of 1085 in [[Gloucester, Gloucestershire|Gloucester]], William had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over England to each shire to find out what or how much each landholder had in land and livestock, and what it was worth" ([[Anglo-Saxon Chronicle]]).  
 
The survey was executed for William I of England (William the Conqueror): "While spending the Christmas of 1085 in [[Gloucester, Gloucestershire|Gloucester]], William had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over England to each shire to find out what or how much each landholder had in land and livestock, and what it was worth" ([[Anglo-Saxon Chronicle]]).  
  
:[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/]
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== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/]
  
 
*[http://domesdaymap.co.uk/ Open Domesday] - The first free online copy of Domesday Book
 
*[http://domesdaymap.co.uk/ Open Domesday] - The first free online copy of Domesday Book

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The Domesday Book (or, colloquially, Domesday) is the expression used since the late twelfth century to refer to the record of the "Great Inquisition or Survey of the lands of England, their extent, value, ownership, and liabilities, made by order of William the Conqueror in 1086".[1] Two volumes survive in The National Archives: "Great Domesday" covers parts of Wales and most of modern England except for northern areas then under control of the then Kingdom of Scotland and "Little Domesday" which covers in more detail Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.[2]
Domesday Book.jpg

The word Domesday is a Middle English spelling of doomsday, a day of judgment.[1]
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The survey was executed for William I of England (William the Conqueror): "While spending the Christmas of 1085 in Gloucester, William had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over England to each shire to find out what or how much each landholder had in land and livestock, and what it was worth" (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle).

Websites

Doomsday Book - Counties of England - 1086.png

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Domesday" in Oxford English Dictionary (2014 online edition, Oxford University Press) accessed 19 Jan 2014.
  • William H. Smith, "Domesday Book" in Robert E. Bjork (ed.) The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, (2010, Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 9780198662624) published online 2010, eISBN: 9780199574834 www.oxfordreference.com accessed 19 Jan 2014.