Keys to the Past

Glossary

Domesday Book

An account made by the Normans of all the lands they considered profitable in England. It was made to show what land there was, who owned it and the taxes paid from that paid to the monarch. It took several years to write. It does not cover Northumberland and Durham, as well as some of Yorkshire, since the Harrying of the North after a northern rebellion after the Battle of Hastings. The name comes from The Bible's Domesday when the world ends and everyone is judged for their fitness for heaven.

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