The English Elite in 1066, gone but not forgotten
This new book by Donald Henson, author of A Guide to Late Anglo-Saxon England, lists the people who formed the topmost section of the ruling elite in 1066. It includes all those who held office between the death of Eadward II (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 u40 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.