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Tudor government : structures of authority in the Sixteenth Century
Loades, D. M.
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Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1997.
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x, 296 pages ; 24 cm

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DA315 .L578 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

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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Loades's text begins with an overview of concepts of the monarchy and law that overlay the actual functions of government as they extended from the center to the local in Tudor England, stressing the necessity of some form of consent before policy could be made and administered. How this consent was achieved between monarch and local lords, Parliament, and corporations provides much of the foundation for the rest of the book. The author begins with a standard history of the high political moments of the Tudors, taking in the evolving roles of council, treasury, parliament, and law courts. From here he discusses regions, county government and justice, traditional franchises and lordships, changing ecclesiastical offices and jurisdictions, and "informal structures" that included common lawyers, merchants, households and affinities, and the royal court. Loades believes that because of the continued reliance on multiple partnerships in government Tudor England was not very centralized administratively. Although Loades does not intend to offer major revelations here, his book is a very good introduction to the complexities of early modern English government and the legal system it oversaw. All levels. B. Lowe Florida Atlantic University

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theories of Authority
1 The Central Machinery
2 The Regions
3 The Counties
4 Hundreds and Parishes
5 Towns and Cities
6 The Church
7 Franchises
8 The Feudal Structures
9 Networks
Conclusion: The Unitary State