New insights from original Domesday survey revealed | University of Oxford

Prof. Stephen Baxter is a world-leading expert on Domesday Book. His research has formed the basis of radio and television documentaries, including on the Domesday survey (BBC2) . He is Clarendon Professor of Medieval History and Barron Fellow in Medieval History at St Peter’s College, Oxford ( )

This new interpretation of Domesday is advanced by Stephen Baxter, ‘How and Why was Domesday Made’’, English Historical Review, Volume 135, Issue 576 ( published online 22 December, 2020 and freely accessible ).

This article represents one of the fruits of ’The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-Western England’, a project funded between 2014 and 2017 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number AH/L013975/1), principal investigator Julia Crick, co-investigators Stephen Baxter and Peter Stokes.

The project’s principal output to date is a website where facsimile images, text, translation, and a comprehensive codicological description of the manuscript are published: Exon: The Domesday Survey of South-West England, ed. Peter Stokes, Studies in Exon Domesday, general editor Julia Crick (London, 2018), freely accessible at áThe materials include Fran A?lvarez Lo’pez, ’Codicological Description’, and Frank Thorn, ed., ’Exon Domesday Book: The Latin Text and Translation’.

A book is in progress and will be published in 2021: Stephen Baxter, Julia Crick and C. P. Lewis, Making Domesday: The Conqueror’s Survey and its Context (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021).