TitleExon Domesday, I: The Processes of Exon
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
SponsorHaskins Society
OrganiserChris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Moderator/ChairLois Lane, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 739-a Collecting geld
(Language: English)
Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Index Terms: Administration; Daily Life; Economics - General; Social History
Paper 739-b Describing Royal Estates
(Language: English)
Alex Dymond, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Administration; Archives and Sources; Computing in Medieval Studies; Economics - Rural
Paper 739-c The Making and Purposes of Exon Domesday
(Language: English)
Stephen Baxter, St Peter's College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Administration; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract'Exon Domesday' (Exeter Cathedral, Dean and Chapter MS 3500) contains a large collection of materials written in 1086 during the Domesday survey and the concurrent collection of a great geld (land tax), related to five counties in south-west England. The value of Exon is that the writings were intended as ephemeral and have survived by chance when similar materials for the rest of the country are lost. They are immensely valuable for understanding the administration and scribal culture of early Norman England, as well as the processes of the Domesday survey and many aspects of the society and economy of both Norman and pre-Conquest England. Until now Exon has been seriously understudied (the edition presently in use was published as long ago as 1816). An interdisciplinary research team is preparing an innovative online edition of the manuscript, a monograph, and other publications. In two linked sessions we present some of our major research findings for the first time, covering interlocking aspects of the creation and contents of Exon Domesday, and will demonstrate the new website.