Growth of Royal Power in England by: Bailey Yang
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William the Conqueror
On Christmas Day 1066, William took the crown of England after defeating another person who also wanted power at the Battle of Hasting. He had the Doomesday cencus 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.
William created the Doomesday book. It was a census that counted all of the people and property of England. William used it to collect taxes to help the kingdom of England grow.
In 1154 Henry II became king of England by fighting for the throne. As a ruler he couldn't write new laws but had to follow the accepted customs. He then sent out traveling justices to enforce royal laws. The decisions of the royal courts became the common law, a legal system based on custom and court ruling. Under Henry II, England has developed an early jury system,
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