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Tudor Government: Structures of Authority in the Sixteenth Century

ISBN: 978-0-631-19157-5
320 pages
August 1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.
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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.



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Author Information

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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The Wiley Advantage

* Provides clear analysis of the structure of government in a key period of British history.
* Examines the machinery of central and local authority and relationship between the two.
* Sets developments against the background of the medieval period, and in context of contemporary social structures.
* Author is internationally-recognized scholar of the period.
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"Students will undoubtedly find this book helpful in many ways." Economic History Review, June 1999 <!--end-->

"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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