In THE TIME of King EDWARD the city of Gloucester rendered £36 by tale, and 12 sesters of honey according to the measure of the same borough, and 36 dickers of iron, and 100 rods of iron, drawn out, for nails for the King’s ships, and certain other small customary dues in the hall and in the King’s chamber.

In 1066 William Duke of Normandy
defeated the Anglo-Saxon
King, Harold II, at the Battle of Hastings and became King of England. In 1085 England was again threatened with invasion, this time from Denmark. William had to pay for the mercenary army he hired to defend his kingdom. To do this he needed to know what financial and military resources were available to him.



Seal of William Duke of Normandy as King of England

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