Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
History and Philosophy
Dr. Ron Delph
In 1154 Henry II gained the throne of England after a long civil war between Henry and King Stephen of England. When Henry was crowned king England was in a chaotic state. The nobles had used the conflict to vastly increase their power at the expense of the king. Royal authority was at a low and the influence of the king had been greatly reduced by the war. Setting out to reassert the royal power of his grandfather Henry I of England, Henry II established massive reforms to the administration of justice and created Common Law in England. Through his contributions to the law and his military prowess, Henry was able to curb the power of the barons and regain status for the throne. In addition to this Henry clashed with the Church in matters of the law and royal jurisdiction.
Carr, Jordan Paul, "Feudal Strength!: Henry II and the Struggle for Royal Control in England" (2007). Senior Honors Theses. 134.