English Elite in 1066
Gone but not forgotten
The people listed in this book formed the
top levels of the English ruling elite in 1066. It includes all
those who held office between the death of Eadward III (January
1066) and the abdication of Eadgar II (December 1066). There are
455 individuals in the main entries and these have been divided
according to their office or position: the royal family, earls,
bishops, abbots and abbesses, the greater thanes (with lands over
£40 and officials in the King’s household), sheriffs,
royal chaplains, moneyers, foreigners settled in England and Englishmen
in exile. For many of these individuals, we have only the barest
outline of their existence, but for some we can provide some detail.
The following information, where available, has been listed for
• What is known of their life;
• Their landed wealth;
• The early sources in which information about the individual
can be found;
• Modern references that give details about his or her life.
A series of appendices provide detailed information about particular
topics or groups of people.
10 Family Trees
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