The Power of the Anglo-Saxon King

What did the king do in Anglo-Saxon society?
The king was the most important person in Anglo-Saxon society and fulfilled a number of roles.
Who was the king of Anglo-Saxon England in 1060?
In 1060 the king of England was Edward the Confessor. He ruled from 1042 to 1066.
Could the king make laws in Anglo-Saxon England?
Kings created 'Codes of Law' and distributed them through the country. The king was responsible for the 'King's Peace' and enforcing the laws overall, while the local lords and communities made sure that they were followed.
How did the king control money in Anglo-Saxon England?
The king controlled the production of silver coins that were used as currency. Counterfeiting coins was a serious crime.
How did the Anglo-Saxon king control land?
The king owned large portions of land and could grant it or take it away. Those who received it had to pay taxes and serve in the army.
How much control did the Anglo-Saxon kings have over the army?
The king could raise an army. Landowners had to bring and equip soldiers, or risk being fined or losing their land.
How did the king collect taxes in Anglo-Saxon England?
The king raised taxes through a national taxation system. He decided when taxes should be paid, and landowners had to pay or risk losing their land.
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