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Domesday Book and Beyond: Three Essays in the Early History of England (Classic Reprint)
by:Frederic William Maitland
PREFACE.THE greater part of what is in this book was written IIIorder that it might be included in the History of EnglishLaw before the Time of Edward 1. which was published by SirFrederick Pollock and me in the year 1895. Divers reasonsdictated a change of plan. Of one only need I speak. I knewthat Mr Round was on the eve of giving to the world hisFeudal...
PREFACE.THE greater part of what is in this book was written IIIorder that it might be included in the History of EnglishLaw before the Time of Edward 1. which was published by SirFrederick Pollock and me in the year 1895. Divers reasonsdictated a change of plan. Of one only need I speak. I knewthat Mr Round was on the eve of giving to the world hisFeudal Englcmd, and that thereby he would teach me andothers many new lessons about the scheme and meaning ofDomesday Book. That I was well advised in waiting will beevident to everyone who has studied his work. In its lightI have suppressed, corrected, added much. The delay has alsoenabled me to profit by Dr Meitzen's Siedelung und Agral"wesellder Gerrnanenl, a book which will assuredly leave a deep markupon all our theories of old English hi~tory.The title under which I here collect my three Essays ischosen for the purpose of indicating that I have followed thatretrogressive method 'from the known to thTable of Contents CONTENTS; PREFACE; TABLE OF CONTEXTS; LIST OF ABBREVIATIONi:i; ESSAY I; DOMESDAY BOOK; PAGE; v; Vll; XIV; Domesday Book and its satellites, 1 Domesday and legal history, 2; Domesday a geld book, 3 The danegeld, 3 The inquest and the geld; system, 5 Importance of the geld, 7 Unstable terminology of the; record, 8 The legal ideas of century xi 9; 1 Plan of the Survey, pp 9-26; The geographical basis, 9 The vill as the unit, 10 Modern and; ancient vills, 12 Omission of vilIs, 13 Fission of vills, l-! The; nucleated village and the vill of scattered steads, 15 Illustration by; maps, 16 Size of the vill, 17 Population of the vill, 19 Contrasts; between east and west, 20 Small vills, 2
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