Growth of Royal Power

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  • William the Conqueror
  • The Domesday Book
  • Henry II
  • On Christmas Day 1066, William took the crown of England after defeating another person who also wanted power at the Battle of Hasting. He was able to take control of his new lands but still granted fiefs to the Church, lords and barons.
  • John
  • He had the Domesday census taken to learn about his kingdom. This helped William and future Kings build a successful system of collecting taxes, which would help them build up their kingdom.
  • Magna Carta
  • In 1154 Henry II inherited the throne and become king. He expanded the system of royal justice and found ways to expand customs into laws. Also during his rule, England developed an early jury. Henry was an energetic and well educated king.
  • Edward I
  • John became king of England in 1199. John was a greedy , cruel, clever and untrustworthy ruler. John was chosen to be the successor of Henry II but lost most of his possessions. John fought against many people, King Philip II of France, who he lost to and Pope Innocent III. who excommunicated him.
  • Another enemies who John face with was his own English Nobles. Due to his cruelty his nobles rise and forces him to sign The Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is the document of that nobles had certain which later was extended to all citizens. Secondly, the Magna Carta made it clear that the monarch must obey the law.
  • One last king is Edward I, king of England. During his time of ruling, Edward summoned Parliament to approve money for his wars in France. He declared that "What touched all should be approved by all."
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