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Power handled correctly brings prosperity while power handled carelessly brings despair So how could 2 countries handle power so differently yet become such equals in the modern world In order to find this answer we must look at the origins of French and English government The French monarchy began as a strip of present-day north central France The process of establishing a stable monarchy began when Hugh Capet the Count of Paris was elected King by a group of feudal lords The Capetian dynasty made the French crown hereditary as well as seizing feudal lands to centralize power under the king These actions were the first true departure from feudalism in France As the French continued to add to their lands French monarchs set up an efficient royal bureaucracy A bureaucracy is a group of officials who govern through departments This division by departments allowed for more control of each aspect of governing the French Since all bureaucrats answered to the kings the kings power and control increased The French developed a royal court to act as a fairer alternative to the medieval trial by ordeal The French did not believe in the practice of common law therefore the French king who resided over the royal court was regarded as a symbol of justice thus increasing his power and control Under this royal law it was expected that all royal officials recognize and abide by all local customs unless those customs interfered with royal justice The tactics of previous kings greatly increased loyalty to the king This loyalty was necessary when Philip I came in conflict with the church Philip wanted to have the power to tax the clergy and appoint bishops This conflict with the church was a very large step in separating from the feudalist power of the church People were turning to a monarch rather than the church as a source of power and in many conflicts between them the monarch had
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