Flashcards in Changes to Government Deck (9)
Who owned all the land in England?
What did Lanfranc’s reforms do to the power of the Church
Centralised it so it was easier to control
What social system do William introduce?
The Feudal system
Did William get rid of the Anglo Saxon system of governance?
No, he refined it. He kept a sort of Witan, used the hide to work out tax obligations and continued to use silver pennies
How did William reduce the power of the Earls?
Reduced the size of Earldoms
Took away the special powers given to Marcher Earldoms after the Norman conquest
Why did William reduce the power of the Earls?
So he was less reliant on them for support
How did the Sheriffs importance change from Anglo Saxon to Norman times?
They became more important as they no longer answered to their Earl but to the King himself
How did the Sheriff’s influence on law and order change from Anglo Saxon to Norman times?
Lost some responsibility due to the introduction of manorial and baronial courts as well as Church courts