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Domesday Book

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Domesday Book

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What was the Domesday Book?

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What is DOMESDAY BOOK? What does DOMESDAY BOOK mean? DOMESDAY BOOK meaning & explanation

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Domesday Book - Holding History

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The feudal system and the Domesday Book

Domesday Book is a manuscript record of the "Great Survey" of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states:Then, at the midwinter [1085], was the king in Gloucester with his council .... After this had the king a large meeting, and very deep consultation with his council, about this land; how it was occupied, and by what sort of men. Then sent he his men over all England into each shire; commissioning them to find out "How many hundreds of hides were in the shire, what land the king himself had, and what stock upon the land; or, what dues he ought to have by the year from the shire."
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