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Appendix 2

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This appendix section of the book presents a survey of the slave holding status on the estates of six eleventh-century testators who proposed to manumit all of the slaves on their estates (statistics from Domesday). An inspection of the Domesday records suggest that, in spite of the stated intention of mass manumission, three quarters of the identifiable estates included in the remaining six wills were still holding slaves in 1066 and just over fifty percent of these estates still had slaves in 1086. Evidence from the wills for increasing manumission levels in pre-Conquest Anglo-Saxon England must therefore be called into question. Even the underestimated figures extant in the Domesday survey suggest that slaves still formed a substantial thirty percent of the population of England in 1066.

Keywords: Domesday survey; eleventh-century testators



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