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lish liberty; and the church, though the Conquest had bound it
closer to the Pope and the growing canon law, was still under the
control of state and king. We may conclude, therefore, that the
eighty-eight years of Norman rule, though often years of oppression
and bloodshed, were, on the whole, years of steady constitutional
progress. CHAPTER III. HENRY II. AND TRIAL BY JURY. 1154-1189. 1.
Accession of Henry II.?Henry II. was grandson of Henry I. through
his mother, Maude. His father, Geoffrey of Anjou, had very
extensive French possessions, to which, of course, his son
succeeded. So that the dominions of Henry II. extended from the
north of England to the Pyrenees, in the southwest of France. The
rule of Henry II. was as able as his kingdom was large. In this
chapter I will try to show how in his reign of thirty-five years he
regulated and added to the Constitution which English and Normans
had built up. 2. The Normans and the English had by this time lived
so long together that they were really blended into one nation. The
union was hastened by the fact I mentioned before, namely, that
they belonged to the same race. And the nation which resulted from
the onion was not a new Norman, but the old English nation,
influenced, modified, and strengthened by the Norman blood, laws,
and cha racter. The English language kept its hold in the
conversation of the lower orders, and in such books as were
addressed to a popular audience; there was a steady stream of
French ideas and influences flowing into England; but the old
landmarks were never obliterated. And Henry II., though his mother
was Norman, belonged to another house from that of the Conqueror
and his sons. He was of Anjou; the first of the great Plantagenet
family who so long wore the crown. He was a new king, a...
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