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Author Topic: After 1066  (Read 61 times)


  • ceorl
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After 1066
« on: August 04, 2022, 08:38:36 PM »
By 1086, according to the Doomsday Book, almost all the English landowners had been replaced by Norman ones, so what happened to them?   Were they utterly ruined and left the area with their family or did they become stewards to the estates instead , working for a Norman boss?    Any thoughts  or facts welcome.  Many thanks


  • Ealdormann
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Re: After 1066
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2022, 12:40:08 PM »
I think (therefore I’m replying with thoughts rather than facts!) many of them went off to fight for the Byzantine emperor; there was a “little England” on the Crimea if I remember rightly. Sometimes in Domesday Book you find the name of the 1066 owner of an estate down as a tenant of the new Norman one in 1086. But I imagine most of them were forced to become vassals of the Norman landowners, working as peasants on they that was previously theirs as lords.


  • thegn
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Re: After 1066
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2022, 08:57:46 PM »
 Or... how many English exiles simply changed their names and fought for William, some of the 'De's' like the De Warenne line in my area can be traced back, but many of the others have very vague bloodlines. For William to hold a whole nation successfully with the amount of troops available to him must surely have meant that a number of Englishmen were members of the Norman army and took over their old enemies, the Godwines', lands (?). I'm too old to trudge round castles in Normandy nowadays but some years ago when I did visit many castles in the area the names mentioned in Domesday rarely cropped up in the Norman castle histories. Perhaps a more youthful Gesithas member might fancy a tour of family discovery in the Normandy region and prove this theory to be totally incorrect!