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What a wonderful and fascinating resource!
on 11 September 2005
This is the first time that the entire contents of both Little Domesday and Great Domesday have been available in one affordable volume, and what a wonderful thing Penguin have done! This is a translation by a group of the greatest Domesday scholars, and provides a powerful insight into the society of medieval Britain, through a document unique in the world in it's scope and detail. It is possible to look beyond the numbers, and gain real insight into how an individual, or a community was doing. By examining the economy, landscapes and early settlements, it paints a picture of what sort of people lived on this island 900 years ago. This is not a book that anyone will read from cover to cover, but rather you can open any page and enjoy history in bite-size pieces.
Still a vivid and authoritative guide, so long after it's creation, it is a book that I will be dipping into for many years, and I am sure that it will be a source of great pleasure to all historians, amateur and otherwise. Penguin Classics are to be congratulated for a truly worthy (and fascinating) publication.