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Posts Tagged ‘William the Conqueror’

Mitford Castle – A site of much turbulence and turmoil

Mitford Castle

As tends to be the way with English castles, Mitford has enjoyed changing fortunes in changing times. Located in the far north of England, it saw its fair share of both English wrangles and Scottish agitation. But although Mitford Castle may have only been ‘active’ for about two hundred and fifty years, it certainly made…

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Domesday Book – To bring the Barons in line?

Domesday Book

Previously we wrote a blog highlighting some of the issues historians have in interpreting the Domesday Books.  One of the reasons not mentioned in that article is a means of maximising taxation from the barons and just as important limiting the wealth and power of the barons. In the Domesday Books there are huge inconsistencies between…

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What was the Domesday Book for?

Domesday Book

Its purpose may never be known. However over the years our reasoning has changed its purpose several times.  This confusion is not a new thing as it is believed that as early as the mid 12th century, only 70 years after it was commissioned, confusion had already started.  Records then imply that the Domesday Books…

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Domesday… Quick Trivia

Quick Trivia

Quick Trivia Domesday; In 1086 William felt he was not getting sufficient return from the land in England and he commissioned a survey of all holdings in England so that he could see who was not paying enough. This was and still is the largest land survey to be undertaken in England.

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What was the Domesday Book for?

Quick Trivia

Its purpose may never be known. However over the years our reasoning has changed its purpose several times.  This confusion is not a new thing as it is believed that as early as the mid 12th century, only 70 years after it was commissioned, confusion had already started.  Records then imply that the Domesday Books…

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Manorialism – where did it all begin?

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Some of you may have heard the term ‘Lord of the Manor’, and ‘Manorialism’  in this two part blog we explain the realities of these titles and their importance in English history. The title ‘Lord of the Manor’ derives from a piece of land legally called a manor.  Owning a manor gave certain rights one of…

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