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Wuffing Education

The Domesday Book and East Anglia

The opening of the entry for Dunwich

with Dr Lucy Marten

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 13th March 2010

After a general introduction to the complexities of the Domesday Survey and the Book, we will focus on East Anglian themes with a detailed look at Little Domesday told through an examination of the fiefs of two of the region’s great abbeys, an investigation into the fortunes of an Anglo-Saxon kin group over several generations and then a look at how the 1066 conquest and its repercussions changed the tenurial landscape of East Anglia.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 An Introduction to the Domesday Survey and Book - including an exploration of methods of data collection, the importance of existing administrative structures and the complexities that lie behind every seemingly repetitive entry.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Little Domesday – an investigation into some of the oddities of this volume that reveal much about the process of collecting information and about this region as a whole. Specific attention will be paid to the enrolled fiefs of two of East Anglia’s great abbeys – Bury St Edmunds and Ely.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Finding the Anglo-Saxons - what Domesday can tell us about the English both before and after 1066. This session will explore some of the techniques for identifying the English through the story of one Anglo-Danish kin group – the Swarts. Being able to recreate the family structures and dynamics of a group at this level of society is a very rare thing in Anglo-Saxon England and only made possible by the level of detail given in Domesday Book.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Normans – the new rulers of the kingdom and the region as revealed in the Survey, their fiefs, castle sites, relationship with each other and with the political and administrative landscape of East Anglia and the effect that conquest and rebellion had had on this region.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Lucy Marten

Dr Lucy Marten completed her Ph.D at UEA in 2005, was the recipient of a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship (to study Domesday Book) and has since been working as a lecturer in Medieval History at the university. She has recently taken on a role directing the Centre of East Anglian Studies and is currently writing a book entitled The South Folk and the Northmen: Suffolk 840-1086. She has published articles on the shiring of Norfolk and Suffolk, on Norman castles, rebellion in East Anglia, and on Little Domesday.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Fleming, R., Kings and Lords in Conquest England (Cambridge 1991)
Hallam, E., & David Bates (eds), Domesday Book (London 2005)
Liddiard, R. [ed.], Anglo-Norman Castles (Woodbridge 2003)
Lewis, C. P., ‘Joining the Dots: a methodology for identifying the English in Domesday Book’, in K. S. B. Keats-Rohan
(ed.), Family trees and the roots of politics: the prosopography of Britain and France from the tenth to the twelfth century (Woodbridge 1994)
Marten, L., ‘The Rebellion of 1075’ in Medieval East Anglia, ed. C. Harper-Bill (Woodbridge 2005)
Marten, L.,‘The Impact of Rebellion on Little Domesday’, Anglo-Norman Studies 27 (Woodbridge 2005)
Morris, J. (ed. & tr.), The Domesday Book, several vols covering all recorded counties (Phillimore 1975-1992) - the current best edition of the text.
Roffe D., Decoding Domesday (Woodbridge 2007)
Rumble, A. [ed.], Domesday Book, Suffolk, 2 vols (Philimore 1986)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Phoenix 2000).
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester, 1996)
Williams, A., The English and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge, 1995)
Wood, M., Domesday: a search for the roots of England (London 1999)


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