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Domesday Book and Beyond : Three Essays in the Early History of England - F. W. Maitland

Domesday Book and Beyond

Three Essays in the Early History of England

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Published: 21st March 1988
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'Why still read it? Why should scholars consult it and undergraduates study it? The plan answer is that still after ninety years remains the greatest single book on English medieval history': thus J. C. Holt in his foreword to this new impression of one of the classic historical texts in any language. In three extended essays Maitland exploits the information in Domesday to analyse and reconstruct the society, law, government, economy and even something of the mental and imaginative world of early medieval England. Essay I examines the nature of English society in 1066 and how, by 1086, this had changed. The second essay explores pre-Conquest England, stretching back through the Anglo-Saxon law codes and land-books to the English settlement, its social structure and administrative geography. Essay III uses an exhaustive discussion of the hide (that 'dreary old question') to look again at methods of assessment and measurement, and their relationship to the wealth and resources of England; in this Maitland displays, in addition to his customary lucidity, subtlety and enormous powers of historical insight, very considerable statistical competence, of an order hitherto foreign to English historical writing. In his foreword Professor Holt looks afresh at this monument of medieval scholarship, assessing its place both within the wider context of historical study, and also, more specifically, its continued contribution to that debate on the nature of Domesday Book with which scholars have been preoccupied for nearly one hundred years. That Maitland's hypotheses and conclusions should still be central to such a debate is not the least remarkable feature of this extraordinary book.

Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Domesday Book
Plan of the survey
The Serfs
The Villeins
The Sokemen
Sake and Soke
The manor
Manor and vill
The feudal superstructure
The boroughs
England Before the Conquest
Book-land and the land-book
Book-land and folk-land
Sake and Soke
Book-land and loan-land
The growth of seignorial power
The village community
The Hide
Measures and fields
Domesday statistics
Beyond domesday
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ISBN: 9780521349185
ISBN-10: 0521349184
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 21st March 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised