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Keeper of the King's Conscience was a position in the English judiciary before the advent of parliamentary representative democracy. The person appointed as Keeper of the King's Conscience was usually a bishop. He was responsible for overseeing the international affairs of the monarchy and for delivering justice on behalf of the king.[1] Today this position has become the Lord Chancellor.[2][3] During the period beginning from William the Conqueror to Henry VIII of England, the person holding the Keeper of the King's Conscience post also held high position in the church.[4]


  1. ^ Morris, Martin Ferdinand (1982). An introduction to the history of the development of law. Wm. S. Hein. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-8377-0844-7.
  2. ^ Haydn, Joseph (1871). "Keeper of the King's Conscience". Haydn's dictionary of dates: relating to all ages and nations, for universal reference. E. Moxon. p. 415.
  3. ^ Garner, Bryan A. (2011). Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage. Oxford University Press. p. 510. ISBN 978-0-19-538420-8.
  4. ^ Burdick, William Livesey (2004). The principles of Roman law and their relation to modern law. The Lawbook Exchange. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-58477-253-8.