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The Domesday Book and East Anglia

The opening of the entry for Dunwich

with Dr Lucy Marten

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 5th October 2013.

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
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  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  

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  

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.

  16:20 Close  

About Dr Lucy Marten

Lucy Marten completed her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in 2005.  She has published articles on the shiring of Norfolk and Suffolk, Norman castles, East Anglian rebellion, and Little Domesday. A former Director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at UEA, she is currently an honorary lecturer in the School of History, and is supposed to be writing a book entitled The South Folk and the Northmen: Suffolk 840-1086 when she is not busy at her full-time job as Director of Studies for an American study-abroad programme based in Bath. 

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)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places. Study Days are 38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition. Once you have reserved your place please send payment to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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