WILLIAM William initiated many social changes and reforms after he took the throne. He created a feudal state that embraces order, peace, sound legal system, commercial prosperity. Most importantly, William created a strong central government that long endured. Specifically, he enhanced the function of traditional English shires. He limited the power of Earls. The English institutions therefore became most sophisticated during his reign. William also increased the taxation to carry out his reforms. William the Conqueror introduced feudalism to England. Feudalism was based on the exchange of land for military service. William the Conqueror claimed all the land in England and divide the land between himself (about 20%), the church (about 25%) and the remainder of English land was given to Norman soldiers and nobles
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Summer '08 term at Parkland.