Growth of Royal Power in England

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  • William the Conqueror
  • My army defeated Harold and won acceptance of the pope.
  • Domesday Book
  • Henry II
  • I'm very energetic, and smart.
  • In 1066 a battle called The Battle of Hastings, William vs Harold, William walked away with a victory. On Christmas day he was assumed the crown of England. He had a solid control over his land. Later in 1086 he had a complete count of people and property which soon came to be the Domesday Book.
  • King John
  • The book was made in 1086 by order of William I. It told him the value, ownership, and liabilities of land in England.
  • Magna Carta
  • In 1154 Henry II took over the throne. He expanded the system of royal justice, and he found a way to put customs into law. He wanted to enforce royal laws,this eventually came to the solution of the common law. The common law is a legal system based on custom and court rulings that applied to all of England. The last thing he did was start a jury system, which got a group of men who sworn to speak the truth at cases.
  • Edward I
  • I made the English Parliament.
  • John was a untrustworthy ruler who suffered a major setback in 1205 when he lost a battle to Phillip II. He was forced to give up lands in Anjou and Normandy. In 1215 he was forced to sign the Magna Carta by barons. This made townspeople, barons, and the church has legal rights.
  • Nobody trusts me.
  • In 1215 barons forced king john to sign the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was a document assuring privileges and rights.
  • In 1295 Edward I demanded Parliament to accept money for his wars. He signed in and made the Model Parliament which set up England's legislature.
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