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The Shaping of the Frontier, 1086–1166

Brock W. Holden

in Lords of the Central Marches

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548576
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720680 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548576.003.0002

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Shaping of the Frontier, 1086–1166

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In 1166, Henry II ordered a new inquest into knights' fees, ostensibly encompassing all those in England who held land in chief from the king, and those who held from them; the result was the Cartae Baronum. In the same decade, a recension of the Domesday inquest for Herefordshire was made, known as the Herefordshire Domesday. This was an exchequer document, intended to trace the current holders of Domesday fees in the county. It reflects the increased reach of royal power by which Henry II and his sons brought border counties such as Herefordshire more securely within the ambit of royal government. This chapter examines the formation of this district up to the early years of Henry II and the role of the leading aristocratic families in that process.

Keywords: Henry II; knights; Herefordshire Domesday; March

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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