Henry VIII,the Reign
The Royal Progress 1535
Clarendon Palace, Wiltshire
c.12 Oct 1535
The palace was a royal residence during the Middle Ages and was the location of the Assize of Clarendon, which developed the Constitutions of Clarendon.
The Constitutions of Clarendon were a set of legislative procedures passed by Henry II in 1165. The Constitutions were composed of sixteen articles and represented an attempt to restrict ecclesiastical privileges, curb the power of the church courts, and reduce the extent of papal authority in England. In the anarchic conditions of Henry II’s predecessor, Stephen, the church had extended its jurisdiction by taking advantage of the weakness of royal authority.
The Constitutions were claimed to restore the judicial customs observed during the reign of Henry I, while in fact they were a part of Henry II’s larger expansion of royal jurisdiction into the church and civil law.