Growth of Royal Power

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  • William the Conqueror
  • Henry II
  • John
  • Magna Carta
  • William the Conqueror took firm control over his lands. He made the Domesday Book. The Domesday Book listed every castle, field, and pigpen in England. Information in the Domesday Book helped William and later English monarchs build an efficient system of tax collecting.
  • Edward I
  • Henry II expanded the system of royal justice. He laid the basis for common law and began a jury system.
  • Model Parliament
  • In 1215 John was forced to sign the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta asserted that nobles had certain rights and the monarch must obey the law.
  • Edward I summoned Parliament to approve money for his wars in France. Much later this became known as the Model Parliament because it set up the framework for England's legislature.
  • Later English monarchs summoned Parliament for their own purpose. Over the centuries Parliament gained the crucial "power of the purse." The Parliament won the right to approve any new taxes. In this way it limit the power of monarch.
  • Taxes
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