Journal Article

The Lands and Revenues of Edward the Confessor

J. L. Grassi

in The English Historical Review

Volume 117, issue 471, pages 251-283
Published in print April 2002 | ISSN: 0013-8266
Published online April 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehr/117.471.251
The Lands and Revenues of Edward the Confessor

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Although a lot of work has been done in recent years on the nobility under Edward the Confessor, including assessments of their resources, nothing has been done on the resources of Edward himself. Such comment as there has been is based upon Corbett's calculations of 1926. This article attempts to make a more thorough estimate so that reasonable comparison can be made between Edward, his nobility and his Norman successor. It is based upon the information provided by Domesday Book and tries to analyse that information in a consistent way, although recognising that such an endeavour is extremely difficult. Its conclusion is that Edward had far larger resources at his command, expressed in monetary terms, than has previously been accepted. Against the £5,500 p.a. which can be deduced from Corbett's calculations or the half of that amount allowed by Barlow, it is concluded that Edward had a disposable revenue of at least £8,100 and probably considerably more, which was an amount that not even the Godwine family could match.

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