While the signing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215 is a universal focus of any discussion of the English political system’s development, it was not the first step toward the parliamentary system that exists today. Indeed, the foundation for parliamentary government was laid back in 1066 when William the Conqueror imposed his vision upon the island of Britain. As the feudal system developed in Norman England, English kings were dependent upon the nobles and the clergy for a stable base of support. A tradition arose whereby the English monarch would call a Great Council of the leading nobles...

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