William the Conqueror's deviding of England among his nobles

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Following the Norman Conquest, it was part of folklore that he devided up the country among friends relatives and nobles who supported him. it was said to be around300 people/families, Who started off the present aristocracy/landed gentry. Is this correct?

Wasn't there in existence an aristocracy/nobility who Already owned the land he devided out?
So did William take away the land from them to consolidate his conquest and and to prevent an uprising by the powerful?
So did many go bankrupt or had to flee the country since they lost their lands?
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(Original post by Rosie1884)
Following the Norman Conquest, it was part of folklore that he devided up the country among friends relatives and nobles who supported him. it was said to be around300 people/families, Who started off the present aristocracy/landed gentry. Is this correct?

Wasn't there in existence an aristocracy/nobility who Already owned the land he devided out?
So did William take away the land from them to consolidate his conquest and and to prevent an uprising by the powerful?
So did many go bankrupt or had to flee the country since they lost their lands?
He divided the earldoms so that they became smaller and the power of the earls declined. Moreover the Anglo-Saxon ruling elite were gradually replaced by Normans
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