Tudor Government: Structures of Authority in the Sixteenth Century

Tudor Government: Structures of Authority in the Sixteenth Century

by David Loades
     
 

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This book examines the structures of power and jurisdiction that operated in Tudor England. It explains what the institutions of central government were designed to do, and how they related to each other. It discusses how order and obedience were supposed to be preserved in the countryside, and it shows how the offices designed for that purpose worked in practice.

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This book examines the structures of power and jurisdiction that operated in Tudor England. It explains what the institutions of central government were designed to do, and how they related to each other. It discusses how order and obedience were supposed to be preserved in the countryside, and it shows how the offices designed for that purpose worked in practice. In doing so, Professor Loades highlights the complex links between the formal and informal systems of peace-keeping that functioned throughout the country and examines the critical relationship between Church and State, providing readers with an important context for the social and political developments of the age.

The book shows the extent to which changes to the monarch's status affected his real power both within the Church and within his kingdom as a whole. It explores the tensions surrounding his position: the king administered the law, but he did not make it; he could claim revenue, but it had to be granted to him; he was head of the government and the Lords Annointed, but limited by innumerable customs and obligations. In unravelling the mysteries of this ancient and cumbersome system of government, Tudor Government offers a valuable introduction to this complex yet pivotal aspect of early modern British history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Students will undoubtedly find this book helpful in many ways." Economic History Review, June 1999

"No one interested in Tudor (or, for that matter, Yorkist or Stuart) parliaments will want to leave this work unread." Parliamentary History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631191568
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/25/1997
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

David Loades is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales. He taught at the universities of St Andrews and Durham, before moving to University of Wales, Bangor in 1980 as Professor of History. His previous books include Mary Tudor: A Life (Blackwell, 1989), Politics and the Nation: 1450-1660 (4th edn 1992), and The Tudor Court (1986).

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