Assize of Northampton

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Henry II (1133—1189) king of England, duke of Normandy and of Aquitaine, and count of Anjou

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The Assize of Northampton was an important stage in the enforcement of English law in the reign of Henry II. In the form of instructions to royal justices, it tightened up the provisions of the Assize of Clarendon ten years earlier and has been seen as the response to a crime wave. Trial was still ordeal by water.

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