The Domesday Quest: In search of the Roots of England Paperback – 2 Jun 2005
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In his revised 2005 preface, Wood informs us that the book was originally written for the nine-hundredth anniversary of Domesday, but, in a newly-devolved union, "now that almost two decades have passed ... it is plain that England and Great Britain have gone through more dramatic and far-reaching changes than could ever have been foreseen in the mid eighties." But this preface is virtually the only substantially-modified part of the new edition, and even here, using the word `substantial' is an overstatement.
In his introduction Wood states that, "The argument of this book is that some of the fundamental traits in English culture - for instance, marriage, property and inheritance customs, and what has been termed `English individualism' - are rooted earlier than Domesday." He argues that Domesday Book can assist in presenting "a view, inevitably selective, of the thousand-year period from the late Roman world ... to the fourteenth century ... a series of close-ups of certain landscapes, certain places and characteristic medieval societies." And this is what he then proceeds to do.
His known admiration for the Anglo-Saxon state is made manifest in part one's third and fourth sentences: "The Normans were relative newcomers to the European scene, descendants from pagan Viking adventurers who had settled in the Seine valley in 911.Read more ›
A splendid piece of work however you look at it.
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What's not to like. The man's a bit of a miracle worker with this sort of treatment of history. I read all his stuff.Published 13 months ago by Marguerite de Woeps
Absolutely loved this book, so interesting and entertaining. Should be essential reading for all those who enjoy English history as I do.Published 17 months ago by Mr Christopher Hart
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