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If you want a fantasy series that's brutal, unforgiving, and totally unpredictable, A Song of Ice and Fire can't be beaten. Yes, yes, the last two books have been disappointing to some of the fans; Martin has not moved the plot threads along as fast as the fans would like. The next book looks to finally be the one we are waiting for -- I hope. Regardless of the disappointment, the series still stands at the pinnacle of the fantasy genre. The Stormlight Archive.

Man, what's NOT to like about this series? It's got some serious kick ass action it takes a while to build up to the action, but when it happens It's got an end-of-the-world plot. It's got different lands, different races, and different cultures. It's got a unique and pretty fascinating magic system. And it's written by Brandon Sanderson, the man who's written another great epic fantasy series Mistborn and who's finishing off the Wheel of Time. I know ONLY the first book of what's going to be a ten-book series has been released.

But based on the strength of the first book and the premise of the series, The Stormlight Archive is looking to be one of the best classic epic fantasy series out there -- a version of Jordan's Wheel of Time without the wheel falling off. Of course, time will tell as more books are released, but for now, it's a worthy epic to be read. Yes, there are problems with the novels.

Yes, there are too many characters to keep track of. Yes, women are portrayed as two-dimensional characters. Yes, Jordan spends too much time detailing every single little detail, especially on filler stuff that becomes annoying after 10 pages, let alone 10 thousand pages. Yes, it's currently in vogue to knock Jordan's work as trash, pulp and a variety of other less savory things. But the fact remains that the man has created a massive world with a huge plot and an unforgettable story. There are better writers writing fantasy these days, there are more clever epic fantasy series with realistically portrayed characters, there are series that do new things with the fantasy genre.

But give Jordan's Wheel of Time series the credit it's due: it's changed the face of epic fantasy for good or for ill. So on that premise, the series should be read. And you know, despite all the naysayers out there slagging the work, you might find, hell, you actually enjoy it. I know I do. With a Martin-esque plot and Jim Butcher pace, The Axe and the Throne is a definite "must read" for even the pickiest fantasy fans. In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony.

In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery. Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it.

From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality.

Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable. No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments. Do not be fooled or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first.

This is no fairytale. The Lord of the Rings. This series needs no explaining. The series helped shape the concept of epic fantasy. The conceits used dark lords, callow youths, elves, dwarves, goblins, magic swords, evil creatures lurking in the dark are standard in the fantasy genre. Because of the influence this series has had on fantasy as a whole, it's without a doubt one of the best epic fantasy series ever written. So if you are the one person who hasn't read this series, do yourself a favor and just get it out of the way. This is an epic fantasy series that plays by its own rules.

The series incorporates some standard epic fantasy conventions only to turn them completely on their head. You might call this series a complete subversion of the genre. But you can forget about all that stuff. Just looking at the series on its own without comparing it to the greater genre as a whole, it's a wildly entertaining fantasy series with some vicious action, completely grey characters who are somewhat of a paradox a barbarian killer who hates killing, a torturer who's actually a kind man, etc.

The writing is sharp as a knife, packed full of wit. His best so far was The Heroes, set in the same world as First Law, is probably his best written. Red Country which stars The Bloody Nine was good but not as good. His newest series The Shattered Sea, which is for Young Adults, is good reading but lacks the full bite that his 'adult' grimdark books had. So if you are looking for an epic fantasy that does something different and breaks the standard conventions to pieces and with some of the sharpest prose around, one that's pretty damn funny to boot, First Law should be read.

No epic fantasy series evokes as much passion as does The Wheel of Time. It's got a legion of fanatical fans as well as a legion of critics. Well for one, when you mention epic fantasy, it's simply impossible NOT to mention Robert Jordan in the same breath -- either as a template for what not to do or as an example of classic fantasy that does many things right and some things wrong. Jordan is the guy who helped to pioneer the concept of the big fat fantasy series.

With a story that spans over 13 books and even the death of the author it's still being finished with the last book to come out this year by Brandon Sanderson , the Wheel of Time is truly an epic. Another fantasy series that crops up near the top of many best fantasy lists. Earthsea Cycle is a classic fantasy tale well done. While it doesn't rack up a sizable page count like some of the newer fantasy series cough, Wheel of.

Time, cough Stormlight Archive , what it lacks in size it makes up with quality. Good doesn't always mean big, folks. So for a very well written classic fantasy tale about a boy's journey to become the greatest wizard alive, Earthsea is one of the best. And the writing is just so damn beautiful to read. The Dagger and the Coin. This one is epic fantasy for the thinking man. Its tightly plotted and superbly written, something we expect from the author of The Long Price Quartet, a fantasy series that tops many a persons top ten fantasy list.

Each character is deftly drawn and complex with real motivations and flaws that they must struggle to overcome as the story progresses; I would argue that each character is a broken human looking for a way to survive in an uncaring and brutal world. And in the background, there is an ancient threat that is again rising in the shadows, threatening the status quo of a now-free humanity, a humanity once enslaved to the Dragons who ruled the world in a previous age.

Particularly entertaining among the characters is the young rising star of a noble house, Geder, the real-world equivalent of an artistic introverted high schooler whos picked on by the entire class, suddenly finding himself a hero when given unexpected command of a military company, and makes the ruthlessly logical decision to murder an entire city.

This fantasy is some compelling stuff and looks to be some of the best epic fantasy released in the past few years. Fans of Abercrombie, Martin, and Erikson will probably enjoy this one though it's more character driven and slower paced at least until book three. But slow does not equal boring! It's slow in the way that meat is slow-roasted over a fire so you can enjoy the delicious, tender flavor all the more longer.

The Kingkiller Chronicle. Yet another book that seems to be near the top of many a best fantasy list. The Kingkiller Chronicles is not yet complete, but the first two books deliver a great story. The Name of the Wind first in the series is not epic in the way that The Wheel of Time is -- there are only a handful of characters.

But rather, it's an epic-ly personal tale about a single hero, Kvothe. Is the large than life story truth or is it fiction given to us by an unreliable narrator? Ah, to be seen in Book 3 if it every comes out. Quite simply, this one of the best tales I've yet read. The strength of this book is not so much the actual settings and plot, but in the telling of the story itself.

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If you have not read it yet, stop here and make this your next read. THIS is the book you are looking. There is nothing derivative about this series, being one of the founding fantasy series in the genre, right up there with Lord of the Rings.

The highly imaginative world of the Elder Isles is brought to indelible life through the superbly talented pen of Jack Vance, one of the grandmasters of the modern fantasy and science fiction genre. If you are tired with the various dry, plodding and wordy epic fantasy dreck where hack authors surely seem like they are paid by the word, this highly original, atmospheric, and evocative series will be a huge breath of fresh air.

Beautiful prose that's efficient. Highly recommended for ANYONE who loves a good classic high fantasy tale and some of the most beautiful prose in the genre. The Chronicle of The Black Company. This epic fantasy series is quite a bit different from your standard fantasy fare. If you want an epic military fantasy series where good and bad are not so clearly delineated, The Black Company delivers this.

There are some of the classic epic fantasy conventions, such as a band-of-heroes against a world-ending-evil, except things are twisted around a bit. Instead of good against evil, the struggle is more or less evil versus more evil, with the heroes themselves of questionable morality. The Chronicles of Prydain. A timeless classic that's been around for a while and will stay around. It's an epic fanasy that many have never read, which is a shame because it delivers a wonderful tale that mixes heroic fantasy and Welsh folklore. While it's not on the same level as, say, Lord of the Rings, it's still a worthy epic to read.

Yes, it doesn't do some of the new and fancy existentialist things that modern fantasy in the vein of Martin, Erikson, Bakker, Lawrence, and Abercrombie have been doing, but that's ok -- sometimes you want to read about a good hero who does good things simply because they are the right thing to do. What makes Alexander's series stand out above many of his newer, more modern epic fantasy contemporaries is that his prose is absolutely sublime; each word belongs and sentences as a whole are works of beauty.

Alexander is perfectly able to combine the right element of sorrow and humor at exactly the right times. This may be categorized as a children's classic, but it can be and should be read by every adult too. Kan Savasci: a legend, a warrior, a mage… hero and villain. Tears of a Heart marks the tale of a young man, Aeden, who unwittingly shapes the world.

The writing is beautiful, layered, and timely. Chase Blackwood weaves an intricate tale that hints at so much more. And that may be its greatest challenge. Tears of a Heart, the first book in the series, was beautifully written, and interesting. It shows us an amazing world filled with detail and depth, but for a portion of it, just a touch slow. The writing, such beautiful writing, overshadows this, as does the ending. Tower of the Arkein , the next book in the series, is where the story truly begins to unfold, and where Chase Blackwood shines as an author. It is fast paced, full of action, adventure, and love.

A very strong entry in the fantasy genre, and if the next book is equally as good, expect it to make quite a splash. You can buy on Amazon now. Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. There are writers who like to write pulp and there are some writers who like to write fiction. Williams is the latter. Memory, Sorrow, Thorn. This series has made pretty much all the other fantasy lists. It's a good series that many people don't have the patience to read.

And that's a right shame. If you stick with the story, a rich fantastical tale will unfold.

Tad Williams has recently completed another epic fantasy, Shadowmarch. My feeling is that while Shadowmarch has a lot more action and fantastical elements fairies, gods, half gods, strange magic , Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is a deeper fantasy tale with a lot more under the hood than Shadowmarch. That's not to say that Shadowmarch is not a great epic fantasy series -- it is -- but I like Memory Sorrow, Thorn better. Still, if you find Memory, Sorrow, Thorn too slow, look then to Shadowmarch -- you'll like it better. Another epic fantasy series that should be read.

However, while the scope is epic in the sense that bad shit is affecting the Six Duchies and world-changing events are at large, it's very much the personal story of the young man caught up in the events of the world. There's magic, adventure, romance, and some of the best characterization in the fantasy genre. This IS epic fantasy done right and you're missing out big if you've never read the series. The Prince of Nothing.

Epic fantasy for the thinking man, that's what R Scott Bakker's fantasy series is. Full of characters who are not what they seem and featuring some wicked action and a grim story, The Prince of Nothing is a different type of fantasy series. It's not a series that everyone is comfortable with, but it's a series that doesn't follow the standard fantasy mold. I find the Prince of nothing series a refreshing breeze in an otherwise stagnant fantasy genre.

A Land Fit for Heroes. Epic fantasy with a different face. All the standard conventions are there, but they are reshaped, twisted and painted with shadows. This is dark fantasy folks, strong on sex, violence, and gritty atmosphere. If you are expecting hero soldier finds magic sword and kills all the bad guys, you are NOT going to get that sort of book here.

Morgan has a knack for taking something that's been done already many times, and spray painting a fresh coat on it -- you can see the shape but the color's different.

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And in this case, he starts with the hero. The hero, you see, is gay. The villains are good This is complex, epic fantasy from a master storyteller. If you can get over the author playing around with gender gay hero , this atmospheric fantasy series is a great read. An epic fantasy with one of the more interesting magic systems, a hell of a lot of action, dark gods and powerful baddies to defeat, and an good old fashioned coming-of-age tale.

If you want to be entertained by your fantasy, well, this series will certainly do that. Nor is it a vast gritty chess board of brutal politics, unchecked treachery, and morally ambiguous heroes that A. But what it is some non stop action, adventure, and plain old fun. If you like your epic fantasy with powerful heroes, powerful villains, and over-the-top heroic action, then The Lightbringer Series delivers a bus load of it.

Book one was so so, but book two brought it big time improving on what was a mediocre start with the first book to something really special. Book three carries the torch, though dropping it lower a bit. Overall though, the force is strong with this series. Book four is one of my most anticipated fantasy reads. However, his strange magic may save two worlds from dark beings who open space-time to begin again an old battle between Order and Chaos.

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Jorg Ancrath, who was once a privileged royal child raised by a loving mother, has become the Prince of Thorns, an immoral boy who leads a band of outlaws. The entire fantasy world is in chaos, and Jorg can rule the living and the dead, but something even more horrifying confronts him. He must face the horrors of his childhood and carve a better future for himself. Featuring a cast of gods who are almost washed up, American Gods tells the tale of power waxing and waning in the modern age. When war with modern gods crops up its evil head, Shadow Moon encounters Mr. Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee, a former god, and the king of America.

The Black Company by Glen Cook. Is the newly risen Lady the force standing between humankind and evil—or is she evil itself? The stoic, hard men of the Black Company do their job until the prophecy is proven: The White Rose has been reborn, embodying good once more. The one real world, Amber, casts infinite shadow worlds of itself those with royal blood can manipulate. But when the royal family is torn apart by the disappearance of patriarch Oberon, the crown is up for grabs and amnesia strikes Corwin, the Crown Prince of Amber—even the fact he is the rightful heir to the throne.

What fantasy list would be complete without the Harry Potter series by J. Harry discovers he has magical powers and is sent to the wizarding school Hogwarts to develop them. Once there, he uncovers a secret object hidden in the castle walls, which Harry must prevent from falling into evil hands. Let us know in the comments below so we can get the definitive list going.

The Novel Writing Training Plan: 19 steps to get your ideas in shape for the marathon of writing. Kathy Edens is a blogger, a ghost writer, and content master who loves writing about anything and everything. A Game of Thrones by George R. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. Tolkien One ring rules them all. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. Lewis The land where children tumble out of a wardrobe, a secret country where only Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund are known.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett What would happen if characters in a fantasy world grew up and discovered they had modern anxieties and problems? The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss A coming-of-age story in a fantasy world, The Name of the Wind tells the story of a young man who grows to become a notorious wizard. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan As the Wheel of Time continues to turn, Ages come and go leaving behind legends that fade to myth, which is long forgotten.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie Abercrombie combines an unlikely cast of characters: a philosophical Barbarian who abhors killing, a dashing hero afraid to fight, and a crippled torturer who has a heart of gold. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson An epic fantasy where mystical swords and suits of armor transform ordinary men into invincible warriors, kingdoms are won and traded for Shardblades.

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson The fantasy world of Malazan is full of discontent thanks to innumerable wars, bitter infighting, and gory confrontations. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Ged is the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but he was called Sparrowhawk in his youth.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Lyra rushes to the cold North where witch clans and armored bears rule—and where Gobblers take children, including her friend Roger. The Once and Future King by T. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist In the Kingdom of Isles, to the forest on the shore comes an orphan, Pug, to study with the magician, Kulgan. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence Jorg Ancrath, who was once a privileged royal child raised by a loving mother, has become the Prince of Thorns, an immoral boy who leads a band of outlaws.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Featuring a cast of gods who are almost washed up, American Gods tells the tale of power waxing and waning in the modern age. Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny The one real world, Amber, casts infinite shadow worlds of itself those with royal blood can manipulate. Rowling What fantasy list would be complete without the Harry Potter series by J. Have you ever dreamed of writing your own fantasy novel? We have a free book that can help: The Novel Writing Training Plan: 19 steps to get your ideas in shape for the marathon of writing Want to see which novels made our other lists?

What are you waiting for? It's the best tool for making sure your copy is strong, clear, and error-free! Kathy Edens. Your personal writing coach. Follow us. At the same time, he installed a Norman into the archbishopric of York, left vacant by the death of Ealdred in that year, and replaced four other English bishops implicated in the uprisings with Norman prelates. Yet he was still prepared to use Englishmen in his administration.

Wulstan of Worcester was the most prominent English bishop remaining, whilst William seems to have recognised that Earl Waltheof had joined the rebellion in an effort to win Northumbria as his rightful inheritance, taken from him by Tostig in He installed Waltheof as Earl of Bamburgh and Northumbria, marrying the earl to his niece, Judith, in an attempt to secure family loyalty. It was a vain hope. Waltheof was implicated in the last great revolt of William's reign; the Revolt of the Earls in This was an uprising planned by the Norman Earl Roger of Hereford and the Breton Ralph de Gael of Norfolk, who were once again dissatisfied with the encroachments of the sheriffs on their traditional prerogatives.

The revolt was a disaster: Ralph was bottled up in Norfolk Castle, from which he fled to Brittany leaving his wife to surrender ; Earl Roger was stopped in Herefordshire by a force led by two English bishops, among them Wulstan of Worcester; and Waltheof fled to Normandy to expose the plot and throw himself on the King's mercy. He seems to have become caught up in the ongoing feud between his patron, Archbishop Lanfranc, and Odo of Bayeux, because after a year of imprisonment, he was beheaded in the King's absence by a powerful group of his enemies led by Odo.

His skald, Thorkell, wrote a telling lamentation for his dead master, which given the foolishness of his actions does not seem truly deserved:. William crossed the cold Channel and reddened the bright swords, and now he has betrayed the noble Earl Waltheof. Truly the slaying of men in England will be a long time ending.

In the wake of , Earls Edwin and Morcar had gone on the run. Edwin was murdered by his own men, but Morcar, accompanied by Bishop Aethelwine of Durham took refuge with Hereward the Wake on the Isle of Ely in Hereward is one of the better known figures to come out of the Norman Conquest, because a chronicle of his life survives in a collection of documents preserved by the Abbey of Ely.

The son of a King's Thegn called Leofric, he was exiled at the request of his father by Edward the Confessor. He travelled around Europe for a time, but returned to England after the Conquest, probably in There, he was horrified to find his father and his brother murdered, and his lands stolen. We shall let the Gesta Herewardi take up the story:. Certain men seized his inheritance with the consent of the king and took it for themselves, destroying the son and heir of our lord, while he was protecting his widowed mother from them as they were demanding from her his father's riches and treasures- and because he slew two of those who had dishonourably abused her.

By way of revenge Outraged at the murder of his younger brother and the abuse inflicted on his mother, Hereward entered the manor in disguise, where its new lord and his men were celebrating their good fortune, and slew all fourteen of them single-handed. He then fled into the fens, where he was harboured by Abbot Thurstan of Ely, who was afraid that William was about to replace him with a Norman prelate.

Hereward and his family seem to have been the traditional protectors of the religious houses in the area. So in , following the death of Abbot Brand of Peterborough, he led a band of the abbey's men into Peterborough Cathedral to rescue the abbey treasures before they could fall into the clutches of the new Norman abbot, Turold, on his way to take over the see with 50 men. Needless to say, the Norman sources see this as an act of outlawry, and they are helped in their case by the fact that Hereward seems to have used the treasure to try and buy Danish support - who promptly sailed off with the loot and weren't heard from again.

It was the arrival of Earl Morcar that escalated this local problem into a national one. William could not afford to let such a high-profile rebel remain at large, and despatched a fleet and army to besiege the rebels in the marsh. The Normans built a causeway over the marsh seven miles south of Ely at a place called Aldreth Causeway, but it collapsed under the weight of the Norman knights.

They then resorted unsuccessfully to a sorceress, before the Isle was finally taken by treachery. Abbot Thurstan, fearing for the future of his abbey, struck a deal and showed the Normans the secret way across to the Isle. Morcar and Bishop Aethelwine were taken, but Hereward escaped with a handful of men, and held out until King William was persuaded to come to terms and give him his land back which we can find in Domesday Book.

In this, Hereward was much like Eadric the Wild, who also made his peace with the King once his land was restored to him, and even went on campaign with William in Scotland. These thegns had no argument with William as King: it was the theft of their lands which troubled them. Not all the English were quite so sanguine. There were some for whom collaboration was not an option.

Some fled to Scotland to join Edgar Aetheling, the Bonnie Prince Charlie of his age, but even he was eventually forced to come to terms with William after a series of disastrous attempts against the Normans, and spent his final years in exile in Norman Italy. Others fled to Denmark, amongst whom was one Aelnoth of Canterbury who wrote a biography of King Cnut the Holy, Swegn's son, which vilifies the Normans for their conquest of England. Yet the most colourful group is a band of Englishmen led by a thegn called Siward who decided to sell up their land and sail to Byzantium to join the Varangian Guard.

Their story, told in an Icelandic saga, neatly sums up the English experience of the Norman Conquest. After an epic voyage, their fleet of ships arrived at Byzantium to find its capital, Constantinople, besieged by the Turks. Having driven the Turks away, they were offered land and positions in the Varangian Guard by the grateful Byzantine Emperor.

Many took up the offer of the land, but others leapt at the chance to join the Varangian Guard when they heard that the Normans had invaded Byzantium and were besieging the city of Durazzo Durres in Albania. The Imperial army marched out to meet them, led by the Varangians, eager to get into the fight. Their story is told by Anna Comnena, daughter of the Emperor who kept a chronicle of the events in her life. On the 18th October , the English clashed with the Normans.

Anna Comnena says that the men from 'Thule' as the Byzantines called Britain were quite as warlike as the Normans and even braver. This was the problem. In their eagerness to get at the enemy, they broke formation and charged ahead of the rest of the army. Tired and out of breath when they reached the Norman line, they were hacked to pieces. So ended the great exodus; from one ignominious defeat at the hands of the Normans to another. It has generally been seen as the culmination of the Norman Conquest, in which William commissioned a great survey of all he now ruled and had it presented to him at a great convocation in Old Sarum at Salisbury, setting the final seal on the Conquest of England.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle certainly views it in these terms:. After this, the King had much thought and very deep discussion with his council about this country - how it was occupied or with what sort of people. Then he sent his men all over England into every shire and had them find out how many hundred hides there were in the shire, or what land and cattle the King himself had in the country, or what dues he ought to have in twelve months from the shire. Also he had a record made of how much land his archbishops had, and his bishops and his abbots and his earls - and though I relate it at too great length - what or how much everybody had who was occupying land in England, in land or in cattle, and how much money it was worth.

So very narrowly did he have it investigated that there was no single virgate of land, nor indeed it is a shame to relate but it seemed no shame to him to do one ox nor one cow nor one pig which there was left out, and not put down in his record; and all those records were brought to him afterwards Then he travelled about so as to come to Salisbury at Lammas; and there his councillors came to him, and all the people occupying land who were of any account over England, no matter whose vassals they might be; and they all submitted to him and became his vassals and swore oaths of allegiance to him, that they would be loyal to him against all other men.

Compiling Domesday Book was a huge endeavour, which entered the folk memory because almost everyone was involved. At least 62, witnesses gave evidence throughout the enquiry; and it is easy to see why the chroniclers, writing with hindsight in the knowledge that William died as it was finished, should have accorded the Domesday survey with such significance. Yet behind it all lay some very mundane reasons which speak volumes about the security of the kingdom and the foundations of lordship upon which it was based.

It is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle which provides the real purpose of Domesday in the preceding paragraph of its entry:. In this year people said and declared for a fact that Cnut king of Denmark, son of King Swegn, was setting out in this direction and meant to conquer this country. When William, King of England, found out about this, he went to England with a larger force of mounted men and infantry from France and Brittany than had ever come to this country, so that people wondered how this country could maintain all that army.

And the King had all the army dispersed all over the country among his vassals, and they provisioned the army each in proportion to his land. Cnut the Holy was the son of Swegn Estrithson. He had threatened England in earlier years, joining his father in the raids of and , and raiding York on behalf of Swegn in Now Swegn was dead, and William was afraid that Cnut was preparing an attempt to repeat the achievements of his namesake. So he needed to billet a large army on his people in preparation for the feared invasion and raise a Danegeld to pay for it. Domesday Book put this assessment on a firm basis, so that everyone knew what was owed both to them and by them: without this quid pro quo, William's lords would never have co-operated.

Government at this time was all about personal relationships, and the King could not simply demand such a huge sacrifice without giving something back. So Domesday Book was not born out of a desire to 'set the seal' upon the Conquest of England, but out of a desperate need to defend the conquest from yet another threat, this time by a foreign power. Search term:.

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