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The Royal Court
The Royal Court was the center of all the kingdom. It is here that a monarch demonstrated his power with grand banquets and ceremonies, collected taxes, settled disputes, and made laws. Henry II of England (1133-1189) settled arguments over land holdings with special court sessions, and Louis IX of France (1214-1270) insisted on listening to court cases in person.

Most medieval kings thought they had absolute power to rule over their subjects, given to them by God. One king, Richard II of England, once sat for hours on his throne, looking around the room. He just wanted to watch his courtiers kneel when he looked at them. By the year 1399, Richard was so unpopular that he was deposed of his throne.         Other History Sites

The Kings were entertained by minstrels, who sang songs of love and bravery, accompanying themselves with the harp or the lute.


The Right To Rule

Feudal System
The Royal Court
Life in the towns
Medieval soldiers
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