Where does the balance of power lie before Magna Carta?
1154-1189 Henry II and the restoration of order
Eventually an agreement was reached. Stephen ruled until his death in 1154 and then Matilda’s son Henry II took the throne. He ruled over an empire of lands in France and England and restored royal authority over the barons. He took control of their castles and made them obey royal judges in royal courts rather than running their own law courts with their own laws. Henry II left the monarchy richer and stronger than ever before. His Great Seal which was used to approve a new law or charter showed the two sides of Henry II: the wise and powerful ruler but also the mighty and forceful warrior who would not tolerate opposition.
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