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Domesday Book - A complete Translation (Alecto Historical Editions) Hardcover – 7 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 1456 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141005238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005232
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 6.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A unique monument to the age ... its brilliance lies in the detail of about 45,000 landholdings in 14,000 named English locations' -- Professor Norman Davies

'Indispensable. The only census of England before 1801' -- Sir Roy Strong

'Now for the first time available in English translation in a single volume. A must for scholars and history buffs everywhere' -- Michael Wood

About the Author

The Alecto translation of Domesday is the most authoritative available. The Editorial Board in charge of the translation comprises the most renowned Domesday scholars.

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I wouldn't venture reviewing the contents of the Domesday Book !
I was simply pleased to hold a monument which is mentioned in every book on medieval England, some treasure chest which can now be opened at will. Though the survey it contains is probably of far more interest to a professional historian, one does quickly get an idea of the formidable takeover of the anglo-saxon economy by a foreign aristocracy over such a short period. The Norman Barons appear to have made a good return on investment after a rather devastating invasion, having taken ownership of every economic unit of estimatable wealth. Still, most readers will simply be delighted to check their favorite town or village has been surveyed 900 years ago.
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great read defo would recomend this book to anyone, value for money a good bye defo arived within the time limit
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HASH(0x9a4ae114) out of 5 stars Truly fascinating! 11 Mar. 2013
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After hearing about this opus for years, I was delighted to find this remarkable translation of one of history's most grand reviews of a time and place, England, in the 1000's. Secretly, I was hoping to find my family's name in it, but I'll happily settle for all the information I didn't even know I wanted to learn. I loved the sheriff who gave land to a woman who could teach his daughter how to embroider in gold! This was in a time of monasteries, cathedrals and abbeys before the age of Downton, when the nobility and the church ruled the kingdom and fought for supremacy. It'll take ages to read it all, but it shall be well worth it.
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