A Saturday afternoon lecture by Dr Chris Lewis -26 January 2013, 2.30pm.
We would understand the effects of the Norman Conquest much better if we
knew more about who owned England in 1066 and what happened to them
after the battle of Hastings. The names of pre-Conquest landowners were
recorded in Domesday Book, but for the most part without distinguishing
people of the same name among the confusion of Edwins, Godrics, Azurs,
and Ælfstans. A research project at King’s College London is now
systematically working through the material for the whole of England,
identifying hundreds of individual landowners - great and small - for
the first time. We are writing biographical profiles, creating maps and
tables and widening our knowledge of English landed society at the end
of the Anglo-Saxon period. This lecture presents the results for
Wiltshire: it explains who owned Wiltshire in 1066 and suggests what
happened to them when the Normans came.
Chris Lewis has been a Research Fellow at King’s College London
since 2010, working on Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of
English Landed Society in 1066. He has published extensively on late
Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, and previously worked for
the Victoria County History in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, and Sussex.
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