After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Normans
conquered the rest of England.
The leader of the Norman, William the
Conqueror, needed to know what he could tax and how many people were in
his new kingdom. To do this he sent out people to all parts of his
new country. Their job was to find and count every farm, every person,
even every pig or chicken. This counting or census was the first
in England since the Romans had been there.
The results were compiled into two books which are
called the Domesday book. There actually two separate Domesday
books, the Little Domesday and the Great Domesday book.
Under the feudal system all manors had to provide taxes and soldiers to the
King. After compiling the Domesday book, William knew how many manors
there were. William could tell how much was owed from each manor in taxes and even more
importantly, how many soldiers he could get. This helped him
considerably when planning how to run his new kingdom.
find this book of great importance as it tells us a lot about daily life
in medieval times.
Domesday Book Online
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