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  1. Domesday Book, Doomsday Booknoun

    record of a British census and land survey in 1085-1086 ordered by William the Conqueror


  1. Domesday Booknoun

    A record of the great survey of England carried out in 1086 for William the Conqueror.


  1. Domesday Book

    Domesday Book, now held at The National Archives, Kew, in South West London, is the record of the great survey of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086. The survey was executed for William I of England: "While spending the Christmas time of 1085 in Gloucester, William had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over England to each shire to find out what or how much each landholder had in land and livestock, and what it was worth". One of the main purposes of the survey was to determine who held what and what taxes had been liable under Edward the Confessor; the judgment of the Domesday assessors was final—whatever the book said about who held the material wealth or what it was worth was the law, and there was no appeal. It was written in Latin, although there were some vernacular words inserted for native terms with no previous Latin equivalent, and the text was highly abbreviated. Richard FitzNigel, writing around the year 1179, stated that the book was known by the English as "Domesday", that is the Day of Judgment: In August 2006, a limited online version of Domesday Book was made available by the United Kingdom's National Archives site, charging users £2 per page to view the manuscript. In 2011, the Open Domesday site made the manuscript freely available for the first time. A survey approaching the scope and extent of the Domesday Book was not attempted until the Return of Owners of Land, 1873, which presented the first subsequent complete picture of the distribution of landed property in the British Isles, and is thus sometimes referred to as the "Modern Domesday".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Domesday Book

    the record, in 2 vols., of the survey of all the lands of England made in 1081-1086 at the instance of William the Conqueror for purposes of taxation; the survey included the whole of England, except the four northern counties and part of Lancashire, and was made by commissioners appointed by the king, and sent to the different districts of the country, where they held courts, and registered everything on evidence; it is a valuable document.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of domesday book in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of domesday book in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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