Growth of Royal Power in England
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William the Conquer
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 future kings build a successful system of collecting taxes, which would help them build up their kingdom.
The Domesday Book is one of England's greatest treasures. William the Conquer made the book to further extend his grip on England. The book told who owned what throughout the country. The book also told who owed what to him. No one cold argue against tax demand.
Henry's greatest work was the reform of the law courts. He brought Kings Courts into every part of England be sending learned judges on circuit through the land to administer the Kings justice. He also established the Grand jury. And expanded the system of royal justice, laid the basis for common law, began jury system.
Played England Under the interdict and forbid church services in the kingdom.
Edward I, summoned parliament to approve money for his wars in France. parliament won the rights to approve any new taxes.
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