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OU on the BBC: Breaking the Seal - Programme One - Domesday Book

Updated Thursday, 1st March 2007

Introducing an episode in the series 'Breaking the Seal', which traces the growth of public information from the Domesday book to our present day tax system…

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The Domesday Survey in the late eleventh century cast terror into the hearts of the English people. If a King could know this much, surely he would be all powerful?

The first programme in this series, which traces the amazing growth of public information and official records through the last thousand years, sets out to discover just why and how the fateful Domesday Book was written.

Presenter Bettany Hughes reveals why most historians have perhaps misunderstood the Book - and how it led very rapidly to the foundation of the tax system we have today.

Read more in the programme transcript.

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