04 August 2006

Why It's Called the 'Domesday Book'

The Domesday Book was William the Conqueror's list of swag that he won after the Battle of Hastings. You might, therefore, expect it to be called "Bill's Big Book of Booty" or some such Anglo-Norman equivalent. The actual name chosen is curious, but the explanation is straightforward.

"Domesday" - or "Doomsday" as we would write it - refers to the Last Judgement, the End of Time; and that, apparently, is when the British public is going to gain free access to one of the key documents in its history. The book has just gone online, but it costs an eye-popping £3.50 to see a page. Clearly the National Archives need to modify their tagline "Download your history..." to "Download your history...and pay through your nose for the privilege."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What?

glyn moody said...

What what?

anonymous said...

Anonymous said . . .

what?????

glyn moody said...

oh, *that* what....