he Domesday Book, said to be one of the three most important books ever written is now available in perfect facsimile for each of the counties in England. Now you can go back over 900 years to find details of specific areas and relate them to the current days environment.
Your guide will be William the Conqueror's scribe. Your interpreters, an imposing assembly of historians, archaeologists and map makers.
Of the 13,418 places mentioned in the Domesday, all but a handful are inhabited today. Unlike a modern census, Domesday reports on local customs, names names and refers to disputes. As the only landowner, William needed to know who his tenants were, what title they had to the land they held and what this was worth for taxation purposes.
Thus we discover that Godric, the sheriff of Oakley, gave Aelfgyth the maid half a hide (60 acres) of land in exchange for teaching his daughter embroidery. It is the extraordinary detail in Domesday, bringing 11th century England to life, that makes it so fascinating.
Published in association with The Public Record Office, the Domesday County Edition is the outcome of restoration work carried out on Great Domesday. When the binding was removed, each folio was photographed on plates the same size as the original. On completion, a strictly limited number of perfect facsimiles were made.
All 250 sets of the complete Great Domesday folios are now sold, but 1,000 numbered facsimiles were reserved for the Domesday County Edition. Each set in this edition includes three volumes and two maps housed in a quarter bound leather box.
One volume is a perfect facsimile of the original folios, a second reproduces the same information in exactly the same position on each page, but is typeset in modern English.
The third volume tells you how the Domesday was compiles and describes the England of 900 years ago. The first map depicts all 31 Domesday counties. The other plots individual counties as Domesday tells us it was in 1086.
Individual facsimiles are available for the following counties:
The Facsimile Editions are limited to 1,000 numbered sets world-wide.