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Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166

George Garnett


This book argues that Duke William of Normandy's claim to succeed Edward the Confessor on the throne of England profoundly influenced not only the practice of royal succession, but also played a large part in creating a novel structure of land tenure, dependent on the king. In these two fundamental respects, the attempt made in the aftermath of the Conquest to demonstrate seamless continuity with Anglo-Saxon England severed almost all continuity. A notable result was a society in which instability in succession at the top exacerbated instability lower down. The first serious attempt to address ... More

Keywords: succession, tenure, King Stephen, Henry I, Henry II, Conquest, homage, interregnum, Domesday Book, William the Conqueror

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Garnett, author
Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, St Hugh's College, Oxford
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