If he struck at the baronage, it was through Lady Salisbury, in whose veins flowed the blood of kings.
But the baronage or Squirearchy of the country were of another mind.
Firmly as he still clung to prerogatives which the baronage were as firm not to own, the main struggle for the Charter was over.
From the first his aim was to free the Crown from the control of the baronage.
But he was too closely connected with the baronage to be altogether trusted by the king.
The baronage hated his strong hand and his strict enforcement of the law.
It was in the Hebrew coffers that the foreign kings found strength, to hold their baronage at bay.
This at Pg 165 once brought him into conflict with the clergy and the baronage.
But it ends with a most peculiar and important clause, which shows how little the baronage trusted the king.
The baronage did not come into existence until after the Conquest.