Kings of England and Frances
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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 Hastings. He had the domesday census taken to learn about his kingdom. This helped William and the future kings build a successful system of collecting taxes, which would help them build up their kingdom.
William created the domesday 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.
Henry II was a strong ruler. He restore England after the time of civil war. Henry II reestablished law and order after the anarchy of Stephen’s reign. He reform of the law courts. He also established the grand jur . Now accusations could be brought by a representatives of the community against evildoers.
King John met the barons at Runnymede. King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta. Signing the Magna Carta guaranteeing them certain rights. Now king john agreed to do his duty by upholding the law and running a fair government. In return the barons would surrender London.
Louis IX became king in1226. He was a generous, noble and devoted king. He improve the royal government like Charlemagne he would send out officials to check on local officials. He gave more right to people who didn't have land. By the time of his death in 1270, France was successful monarchy that worked together.
In 1302 Philip IV created the estates general. He had representatives of noble, clergy, and townspeople in order to gain their aid.
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