Stephen baxter domesday book

Stephen baxter earls of mercia lordship and power in late. I read history as an undergraduate at oxford, and started the degree convinced i wanted to do nothing else but modern history, but was eventually compelled to take a medieval course, and fell under the spell of some inspirational teaching. Stephen baxter this book constitutes a major reappraisal of the late anglosaxon state on the eve of its demise. Lordship and power in late anglosaxon england oup, 2007. Oct 22, 2015 dr stephen baxter, medieval historian at kings college, london, reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record, the domesday book. Stephen baxter considers the big questions about this pivotal work. Bbc cambridge university connects communities with domesday. My first book, the earls of mercia, explored how a powerful family based in the. He argues quite convincingly that domesday book was more of a device enabling the king to exercise political control than a tax assessment. Domesday book and the transformation of english landed society 1066 1086 stephen baxter and chris lewis introduction what effect did the norman conquest have on english landed society.

Stephen baxter reader in medieval history at kings. Apr 17, 2014 stephen baxter at kings college london elisabeth van houts at the university of cambridge david bates at the university of east anglia domesday. Dr stephen baxter reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record, the domesday book. Domesday database launched online university of cambridge. Prof baxter, the presenter of a onehour documentary on the domesday book on bbc2 tonight and medieval historian at kings college, london. Aug 10, 2010 dr stephen baxter, who presents the bbc domesday programme part of a series on the normans said it was the first time people would be able to generate maps showing the land owned by individuals. Effectively, domesday created the new england, an england of norman rule. This work is licensed under a creative commons licence. Aug 11, 2010 prof baxter, the presenter of a onehour documentary on the domesday book on bbc2 tonight and medieval historian at kings college, london, said the document had been misunderstood as a tax register. Melvyn bragg and his guests discuss the domesday book, a vast survey of the land and property of much of england and wales completed in 1086. And he reveals how the norman legacy lives on in our culture and politics to this day. Apr 17, 2014 joining melvyn bragg to discuss domesday book, the circumstances of its creation, the processes of the survey that supplied the information, its contents and its lasting impact, were three eminent scholars of the norman conquest. He has published extensively on late anglosaxon and anglonorman england, and on domesday book in particular, and has led three largescale research projects which aim to harness the power of computing to domesday studies. William the conqueror did not commission domesday book.

Domesday book and the transformation of english landed. Dr stephen baxter looks at the domesday book the survey took place during the first few months of 1086. Stephen baxter, a gleaming medieval historian, bites his nails. Professor stephen baxter, university of oxford, coinvestigator of the. The representation of lordship and land tenure in domesday. Domesday book and the transformation of english landed society 10661086 stephen baxter and chris lewis introduction what effect did the norman conquest have on english landed society. Domesday book suggests that only a small proportion of the estates in england were the subject of disputes about title in 1086 and. Joining melvyn bragg to discuss domesday book, the circumstances of its creation, the processes of the survey that supplied the information, its contents and its lasting impact, were three eminent scholars of the norman conquest. How useful is domesday book as a source for the impact of the norman conquest upon england. These questions matter, partly because the making of domesday is one of most remarkable achievements of medieval government, and partly because it is essential to know how domesday came into being before interpreting its precious contents.

Domesday book details made available in map form bbc news. It also examines how the house of leofwine made strategic use of religious patronage to cement local power structures. Apr 11, 2020 think about it and if you still disagree, see my proof that the text of domesday. Aug 09, 2010 stephen baxter, a historian at kings college london, is one of the authors of a database, which goes live tomorrow, making it possible to trawl through figures from the domesday book and map the.

The book uses innovative methods for interpreting the representation of lordship in domesday book to reconstruct the affinity of the earls of mercia. In this programme on the domesday book, dr stephen baxter, medieval historian at kings college, london, reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record. Essay by david roffe arguing that the production of domesday book was a different enterprise from the domesday inquest. As professor stephen baxter explained in the bbc documentary domesday, harold ii who king william defeated at the battle of hastings was airbrushed from history. Elisabeth van houts, david bates and stephen baxter. Twenty years after the battle of hastings, william the conqueror sent officials to most of his new territories to compile a list of land holdings and to gather information about settlements. Essentially, its now possible for anyone to do in a few seconds what it has taken scholars weeks to achieve in the past.

The dvd also includes a very interesting pointofview documentary on domesday book by stephen baxter. Pase domesday will feature in the domesday special as part of the bbcs norman season on tuesday, 10 august, at 8pm. Cyneweard of laughern or simply cyneweard died 1079 x 1086 was a mid11th century anglosaxon thegn and sheriff in worcestershire, england. He also demonstrates the wide range of judicial, political, and military activities in which earls engaged. The making of domesday book and the languages of lordship in. The normans were the first to initiate a structure of land ownership in any traditional sense. If you use this content on your site please link back to this page.

It is the interpretation of professor stephen baxter from the university of oxford. Dr baxter, a medieval historian from kings college, london, has a different theory. Its principal focus is the family of ealdorman leofwine, which obtained power in mercia and retained it throughout an extraordinary period of political upheaval between 994 and 1071. How useful is domesday book as a source for the impact of the. The attached resources are adaptable for key stage 3 or gcse and the whole lot can be done in one lesson. How did the structure of land ownership change in england. By analogy, the domesday inquest was merely a data collection exercise. Pase domesday forms part of a longterm research initiative which aims in due course to identify all the landholders named in domesday book and to produce a major study of landed society in england in 1066 and 1086. The same logic could be applied to the famous colophon at the end of the ldb. In the documentary, dr stephen baxter seeks to prove that the domesday book could not have been used to collect taxes, arguing that it is about something far more important than. He also finds out the real reason it was commissioned by william the conqueror in 1086.

The earls of mercia lordship and power in late anglosaxon england stephen baxter oxford historical monographs. Most historians believe it is some sort of tax book for raising revenue. What does it say about the impact of the normans on england. Yesterday afternoon, prof stephen baxter, barron fellow in medieval history at st peters, appeared on the bbc radio 4 programme, making history. In fact, baxter argues, it would have be rather difficult to use if it was the latter. But not a trace of king harold iis time was recorded in the book. Stephen baxter is an associate professor of medieval history at st peters college, oxford. How useful is domesday book as a source for the impact of. Constructing this database has been quite an exercise, but it is a phenomenally useful research tool, dr.

Historian stephen baxter explores his own theory that the domesday book was commissioned to confer revolutionary powers on the monarchy in the 11th century, and not intended as a means to collect. Most historians believe that domesday is some kind of tax book for raising revenue, but baxter has his own theory. Earls of mercia pdf stephen baxter earls of mercia lordship and power in late anglosaxon england. Before the normans there were the anglosaxons who worked around a system of loose fiefdoms in which a lord would hold land around his home. Domesday book reveals the rise of a norman abramovich after. Chapter 4 contains detailed descriptions and analyses of the principal extant domesday texts.

The threat of invasion and the strain on resources created by the need to billet a large mercenary army in england caused him to commission the domesday inquest. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. Domesday tonight dr stephen baxter shakes the dust off the domesday book to figure out why this great tome was commissioned by william the conqueror in 1085. Domesday in a fascinating exploration of domesday book, medieval historian dr stephen baxter reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record.

The making of domesday book and the languages of lordship in conquered england. This article is within the scope of wikiproject domesday book, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of domesday book on wikipedia. William i, nearing the end of his reign, found himself in a difficult position. Stephen baxter with a replica of the domesday book at kings. I believe passionately that the fruits of research should be shared with wide audiences whenever possible, and have been fortunate to secure opportunities to write and present television documentaries for the bbc 2 on domesday book and bbc 4 on medieval. Stephen baxter, a historian at kings college london, is one of the authors of a database, which goes live tomorrow, making it possible to trawl through figures from the domesday book. The representation of lordship and land tenure in domesday book more. This book constitutes a major reappraisal of the late anglosaxon state on the eve of its demise. It is principally, therefore, a research tool, but it has been published online in the belief that it will also prove useful to anyone who may be interested in.

In his examination of the leofwinesons landed wealth as recorded in domesday book, baxter contends that many of their estates were on loan from the king and were held only so long as they stayed in office as earls. Lordship and power in late anglosaxon england oxford historical monographs series by stephen baxter. Domesday tv with stephen baxter a corner of tenthcentury. Dr stephen baxter reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record, the domesday book, commissioned in 1086. He also finds out the real reason it was commissioned by william the conqueror. In this programme on the domesday book, dr stephen baxter willreveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record. Dr stephen baxter, who presents the bbc domesday programme part of a series on the normans said it was the first time people would be able to. Stephen baxter, a historian at kings college london, is one of the authors of a database, which goes live tomorrow, making it possible to trawl through figures from the domesday book and map the. Stephen baxter is clarendon associate professor and barron fellow in medieval history at st peters college, university of oxford. Exon domesday is one of the documents that was used to write up domesday book.

Exon domesday was almost certainly presented to william the conqueror at a meeting of his barons at old sarum on 1 august 1086. Aug 06, 2018 melvyn bragg and his guests discuss the domesday book, a vast survey of the land and property of much of england and wales completed in 1086. The domesday book was collated between 1085 and 1086. The earls of mercia stephen baxter oxford university press. Stephen baxter, university of oxford, history department, faculty member. Domesdayin a fascinating exploration of domesday book, medieval historian dr stephen baxter reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record. The key to the conquerors great survey stephen baxter exeter cathedral possesses one of the most important manuscripts from medieval england. Lordship and power in late anglosaxon england oxford historical monographs 9780199230983. The representation of lordship and land tenure in domesday book. He has recently 2017 been working on the exon domesday manuscript and the story is the results of his research. History documentary hosted by stephen baxter, published by bbc in 2010 english narration cover informationin this programme on the domesday book, dr stephen baxter, medieval historian at kings college, london, reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of englands earliest surviving public record. Prof baxter, who is a worldleading expert on domesday book, the survey of england carried out by william the conqueror in 1086, was on the programme to speak about his groundbreaking work on what is arguably englands most famous manuscript.

So said an academic who has used the domesday book to trace the rise and rise of william the conquerors barons. Stephen baxter it is now forty years since galbraith published the making of domesday book. I also teach these courses to students at merton college, with whom st peters has an arrangement to share teaching provision. Access will be of particular interest among rural communities, says dr stephen baxter, lecturer in medieval history at kings college, london, and an expert on the book.

Offers a fresh interpretation of factional politics in england between the reign of king. For the past decade, i have been involved in a major research project, the prosopography of anglosaxon england, which aims to identify all the people who lived in england before 1066, including all those named in domesday book. The representation of lordship and land tenure in domesday bookmore. I wouldnt say i know stephen well but we have exchanged draft work and. Stephen baxter, who led the domesday part of the project, said. Prof stephen baxter on bbc radio 4 st peters college. Ruth lingard and helen snelson from yorkclio worked with professor stephen baxter from the university of oxford to develop resources for teaching about the domesday survey.

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