Domesday Book

Domesday Book
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Story board of the Domesday book

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  • If you are loyal to me i will reward you else i will take away your land and title.
  • In 1085, King William faced the threat of invasion from Danish vikings and the Count of Flanders, so he called a war council together in Gloucester. He needed to enforce a geld (a form of tax) to pay for his army; however, the invasion forces never came. Soon after, William ordered an inventory (a list) to be drawn up in order to help him raise this tax. This became known as the Domesday Survey.
  • Knight
  • Church
  • King(20%)
  • (25%)
  • (25%)
  • Domesday did allow William to ensure that he got as much money a possible from taxes. He could also make sure that his feudal lords were not withholding money, which could have made them a threat to his power. In addition, William could legalise and record arguments over the ownership of land.
  • I have 3 pigs and 1 cow
  • As all of the Anglo Saxons had, according to William, supported King Harold, their land was taken from them. William, therefore, owned all of the land in England and it was up to him who he gave land and titles to. He wanted to reward loyal service for men who fought for him at Hastings and would not tolerate disloyal or rebellious English earls.
  • The survey showed how the land had been split. King William and his family owned 20% of the land in England; the church around 25%; about 10 members of the  Normans aristocracy held a further 25% of land; the remaining 30% was held by 170 people. Land was therefore controlled by around 250 people.
  • Peasant (30%)
  • The questions asked in the survey was known as the Ely inquiry, and everyone had to swear an oath to answer honestly. Questions like; How many animals are there? How many Ploughs are there and How many villagers are there? Who holds land in 1086? How many mills, fishponds and meadows there are?
  • To check that the information that was given was correct  a great assembly was held in which every representative of the township attended the hundred that was being inquired on was then made  to say an oath to 12 jurors half of which were English and Half  Norman
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