Growth of royal power in England

Growth of royal power in England

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  • William the Conqeror
  • Domesday Book
  • Henry II
  • One Christmas Day 1066, Wiliam took the crown of England after defeating Henry 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
  • King John
  • The Domesday Book is a record of a survey of English land and landholding made and order by William the Conqueror for taxes. It listed every castles, field, and pigpen in England. William's successors would still continued to increase this royal authority.
  • Magna Carta
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  • Henry II became king in 1154 and was a strong ruler. He expanded the system of royal justice, which means he could not write news law but accepted customs. He laid the basic of English common law, a legal system on custom and court rulings. He also developed the jury system.
  • Edward I
  • John was a clever but greedy ruler. One day the nobles, church leaders and common people finally had enough of too much of his unfit ruling. They forced him to sign the Magna Carta, this was the first step to create England's constitution
  • The Magna Carta was a document that gave certain rights to the people of England. It's stated that the king must follow the law and he could not simply rule as he wished. This have given the citizens rights.
  • Edward I representatives of the "common people" which were knights, join lords and clergymen in what later soon became the Model Parliament. The Model Parliament helped set up the basic of England's legislature and eventually split up into two houses, the House of Lords (nobles and high clergy) and the House of Commons (knights and middle class citizens)
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