The Domesday Book has also been known as: the Book of Winchester the Great Survey, the Book of Judgment
The Domesday Book was completed in medieval England in the year 1086. William the Conqueror had just gained control of most of England during his invasion in 1066 and was looking for a way to gain more control of the vast English territory.
The Domesday Book was a log of who owned what stuff in England. William the Conquerer used this book to see who owed him money in taxes and no one could dispute it. The book “brought doom and gloom” to the people of the land. It contained records of 13,418 settlements in England.
William I used the book to gain even more control over the people of England. The book is one of the first “public records” with detailed surveying of land and accurate lists of resources in the land, such as population, woodland, meadow, and arable land.
The Book was written in Latin, and was undisputable and could not be reversed. Anything that was written in the book was instantly part of the undeniable law. It has also been called “The Book of Judgment” because anything it said about the land, was unalterable.