Kings and Achievements

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  • William the Conqueror
  • I will grant you land if you serve under me. The choice is yours
  • Domesday Book
  • Henry II
  • I will be gone for a while, Make sure that no one enters or leaves.
  • William took an army to battle against Harold. In which they triumphed over Harold's army. Then on Christmas Day in 1066 William became known as "William the Conqueror" and continued being the king of England. William also grant fiefs to churches, his lords, and kept a huge part of the land for himself. In order to know about his kingdom better, William had a census taken. This lead to the creation of the Domesday Book.
  • John
  • I am king John, I will now sign the Magna Carta.
  • The Domesday book was a book consisting of all of the castles, field, and pigpen in England. The name Domesday became the name of the census because it was something that no one could escape. Almost like how the Christians believe that no one could escape god's final day of judgement, which was believed to known as the "doomsday".
  • Magna Carta
  • •I will not raise taxes without the consent of the councils. •I will give power equally to nobles
  • In 1154 Henry II, a well-educated king took his place in the throne. He could not write new laws but had to follow them due to accepted customs. He found ways to imply customs into law. When he tried to extend his royal power, he was stopped by the archbishop. Four knights later murdered the archpriest in his own church. So in order to keep peace with the church Henry stopped his attempts to extend his powers. After becket, the archbishop died he was honored as a martyr and was declared a saint.
  • Edward I
  • I am king Philip, I summon parliaments and used them for the benefit of the kingdom.
  • During King John's reign, he was up against 3 powerful enemies. These three enemies were King Philip II of France, Pope Innocent III, and his english nobles. King John lost a war against King Philip in which he lost part of english-held land. Then he lost his next battle to Innocent III over selecting a new bishop. King John was also placed under excommunication by the pope. Then in order to save himself and keep his place in the throne he had to accept England as a fief and pay taxes to Rome. King John was cornered by his people and was forced to sign the Magna Carta.
  • This was an agreement signed by King John. In the agreement it listed a long list of feudal rights. This agreement was an agreement to split up power and to keep one person from having to much power. The king also agreed not to raise new taxes without talking to the council.
  • King Edward I summoned parliaments for their own purposes. The parliaments then gained the crucial "power of the purse." In which it won the write to approve any new taxes. Parliaments could tell monarchs to meet it's demands for taxes. In this way it would check the limit of the power of the monarchs.
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