Julia Villanueva: Political Developments in England
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Henry II's Legal Reforms
King John and the Magna Carta
King Edward and the Model Parlaiment
Henry II issued the Constitutions of Clarendon which spelled out the king's rights. His actions led to a bitter quarel with his friend, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
King John and barons made an agreement where King John would remain king. But for his part, King John had agreed to observe common law and traditional rights of barons and the church.
In 1295, King Edward I called together a governing body called the Model Parliament. It included commoners and lower ranking clergy as well as church officials and nobles.
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