Tudor Government: Structures of Authority in the Sixteenth Century

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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 one another. It discusses, too, how order and obedience were supposed to be preserved in the countryside, and how the offices designed for that purpose worked in practice. In this book, Professor Loades highlights the complex links between the formal and informal systems of peace-keeping that functioned throughout the ...
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Overview

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 one another. It discusses, too, how order and obedience were supposed to be preserved in the countryside, and how the offices designed for that purpose worked in practice. In this book, Professor Loades highlights the complex links between the formal and informal systems of peace-keeping that functioned throughout the country, providing readers with an important context for the social and political developments of the age.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631191568
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction: Theories of Authority 1
1 The Central Machinery 17
2 The Regions 80
3 The Counties 111
4 Towns and Cities 139
5 The Church 167
6 Franchises and Lordships 201
7 Informal Structures 225
Epilogue: A Unitary State? 264
Glossary 268
Select Bibliography of Secondary Works 271
Index 283
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