Domesday, Paperback Book
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In 1086 the Domesday Book was compiled - a survey of England made at the behest of the Norman Conqueror.

This text presents the manuscript, attempts to analyse the world it portrays, examines Norman society, and penetrates beyond it into the Anglo Saxon, Roman and even Iron Age cultures.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780563551270

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Michael Wood's Domesday Quest (as mine is titled) is a very readable but thorough account, not only of the Domesday Book, but of its context -- the processes already existing that allowed William the Conqueror to have such a task completed with the accuracy he apparently managed. Michael Wood traces the development of a national identity, and how it was impacted by those who invaded and settled in Britain.<br/><br/>There's lots of names, facts and figures, of course, most of which I had no head for, but Michael Wood's analysis remains crystal-clear, and I could follow all of it. The glossary at the back helps, as well.