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27- Yet, the King in Councll would retain general jurisdiction: to do residuary Justice. Access to this 'fountain of justice' when everything else failed, was channeled via a petition 'for God's sake' or 'the King's grace'. (29) Most members of the King's Council were 'barons', landed gentry with large estates, who in later days were to assemble in the House of Lords, the Lords in Parliament, sitting to hear appeal and cassation cases. Although common lawyers were attracted as advisors, they were rather suspicious that a competing jurisdiction was emerging likely to cause them loss of business.

It was Chancery that would extend the availability of writs in cases where the individual sought the king's justice. New writs were 'invented', sooner or later to be incorporated in the Register of Writs, containing standardized forms of action. Everything looked rather well for a period of time but "from the end of the fourteenth century ... Chancery practically stopped invent~ng", (32) thus causing another deadlock. To a certain extent the old situation, petrification of the ju~icial process, was repeated, though more remedies were available than in earlier days.

Sooner or later, some of his successors were to aspire absolute royal power; others would cooperate with parliament; some were to dlsregard the consequences of the development of a middle and -later- lower class and others would heed the expression of the wll1 of the people. Some would recognize t~e Pope as a super power and others were to allenate themselves from Rome, estahlish thelr own persons as head of the Roman church in Fngland and, after a complete breach with Rome, recome the head of the, no longer Roman-CathollC, Church of Fngland.

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