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Henry II. Although there had been various legal codes in Anglo-Saxon England, they had all been declared moot by the conquest of William the Conqueror in 1066. For the next century of English history the Norman and early Angevin kings did not issue a code of laws, nor were many legislative acts made. Only during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) were new laws, the assizes, regularly issued. Some of these laws abolished older traditions and statutes, while others established new legislation. Also during this reign the first English account of legal proceedings, De legibus et consuetudinibus regni Angliae (Concerning the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England) was published, probably written by the king's chief legalist, Ranulf de Glanvill. Finally, by the end of Henry II's reign, royal clerks were taking notes of the decisions made in the king's court and the opinions...

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