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From: "LJCrain" <>
Subject: [DNA] Domesday Book
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 18:44:03 -0600

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After the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, the rulers wanted to know who owned what and etc. in order to impose taxes and military services upon the owners of the various properties. The "Domesday Book", nicknamed as such by the native English people, after God's final Day of Judgement when every soul would be assessed and against which there could be no appeal, was eventually adopted as a the official title.


"Based on the Domesday survey of 1085-86, which was drawn up on the orders of King William I, it describes, in remarkable detail, the landholdings and resources of late 11th century England, demonstrating the power of the government machine in the first century of the new Millennium and its deep thirst for information. It was an exercise unparalleled in contemporary Europe and not matched in its comprehensive coverage of the country until the Population Censuses of the 19th century, although Domesday itself is not a population census and the names that appear in it are mainly those of land-holders. Providing definitive proof of rights to land and obligations to tax and military service, its 913 pages and two million Latin words describe more than 13,000 places in England and parts of Wales. "

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