IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 839: Exon Domesday, II: The Frenchness of Exon

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Haskins Society
Organiser:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Peter A. Stokes, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
Paper 839-aBishop Maurice of London and the Domesday Survey
(Language: English)
Lois Lane, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 839-bOrganising the Writing
(Language: English)
Francisco José Álvarez López, Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter / Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Administration, Computing in Medieval Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 839-cWho Were the Exon Scribes?
(Language: English)
Julia Crick, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Administration, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

‘Exon Domesday’ (Exeter Cathedral, Dean and Chapter MS 3500) contains a large collection of materials written in 1086 during the Domesday survey and the concurrent collection of a great geld (land tax), related to five counties in south-west England. The value of Exon is that the writings were intended as ephemeral and have survived by chance when similar materials for the rest of the country are lost. They are immensely valuable for understanding the administration and scribal culture of early Norman England as well as the processes of the Domesday survey and many aspects of the society and economy of both Norman and pre-Conquest England. Until now Exon has been seriously understudied (the edition presently in use was published as long ago as 1816). An interdisciplinary research team is preparing an innovative online edition of the manuscript, a monograph, and other publications. In two linked sessions we present some of our major research findings for the first time, covering interlocking aspects of the creation and contents of Exon Domesday, and will demonstrate the new website.