In 1279 England's government embarked on a massive project, rivaling Domesday in scale, to record 'land tenure and regalian rights throughout the country'. The reasons and scale of this inquiry remain enigmatic becuse the rolls only survive in a few counties in East Anglia and the midlands. This detailed study examines the logistics of this second Domesday, placing it against a background of vigorous administration at a local and national level. Raban discusses the motivations of Edward I, not least of which was a drive to rid the state of inefficiency, the identity of the commissioners, the location of inquests, the structure of the hundreds, the type of information gathered and the uses of the rolls. A final section lists and discusses the surviving rolls. Appendices present examples (in Latin with Englsh translation) of articles of inquiry.
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Table of Contents
1. An Inquiring Culture
2. A Second Domesday?
3. Collecting the Information
4. Ordering the Information
5. Uses of the Rolls
6. The Surviving Rolls
Surviving Texts from the 1279-80 Hundred Roll inquiry
Commission for the 1279-80 Hundred Roll Inquiry and the oath taken by the commissioners
The Articles of the 1279-80 Inquiry
The London Articles