Domesday Book and the Law by Robin Fleming download in ePub, pdf, iPad
They are kept in the Public Record Office in England. This is perhaps the earliest use of the inquest procedure in England, and it established the right of the king to require citizens to give information, a foundation of the jury trial. Typically, this happened in a town, where separately-recorded properties had been demolished to make way for a castle. The judges gathered their information by summoning each man and having him give testimony under oath. This work is not formally interdisciplinary, but it provides much of interest to social, economic, legal, political, and even religious historians.
His Norman followers tended to evade the liabilities of their English predecessors. The name given to this record may have come from the popular opinion that the inquiry was as thorough as that promised for Judgment Day.
In the Middle Ages, the Book's evidence was frequently invoked in the law-courts. She draws the conclusion that the record, whilst consolidating William's position as king of the English, also laid the foundations for the twelfth-century treasury and exchequer. The primary purpose of the survey was to ascertain and record the fiscal rights of the king. Domesday was a Saxon word meaning Judgment Day, at the end of time when God will pronounce judgment against all of mankind.
Today, Domesday Book is available in numerous editions, usually separated by county and available with other local history resources. Domesday Book An ancient record of land ownership in England. At a later date probably in the Tudor period both volumes were given new covers. You are not currently authenticated. As Domesday Book normally records only the Christian name of an under-tenant, it is not possible to search for the surnames of families claiming a Norman origin.
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