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John Hudson's study suggests that the infamous clause 3 of the Constitutions of Clarendon (1164), dealing with criminous clerks, not only formed a platform for dispute between the King and his famous archbishop, Thomas Becket, but was also a central part of Henry II's legal reforms that sought to channel legal business into the King's court, via the chief justiciar.
The same kind of continental comparisons lay behind Wormald's more controversial position that royal law in the form of codes, writs, and charters was more active 895-1025 than it was from Cnut's Winchester Code of 1025 to Henry II's Constitutions of Clarendon in 1164.