Policy and Police: The Enforcement of the Reformation in the Age of Thomas Cromwell

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CUP Archive, Nov 7, 1985 - History - 460 pages
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G. R. Elton's Policy and Police, first published in 1972, has since acquired classic status in the literature on the government of sixteenth-century England. The book examines what actually happened during Henry VIII's break with Rome, the widespread resistance which necessitated constant vigilance on the part of the government, and the role of Thomas Cromwell, whose surviving correspondence permits a detailed insight both into the purposes of government and the manner in which it was experienced by the people.
 

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Contents

THE END OF DOMESTIC PEACE
1
RUMOUR MAGIC AND PROPHECY
46
IN EVERY PART OF THE REALM
83
PROPAGANDA
171
MEASURES AND PRESSURES
217
THE LAW OF TREASON
263
TREASON TRIALS
293
POLICE
327
VICTIMS AND VICTORS
383
Index
426
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English historian Geoffrey Elton was born in Germany but educated at the University of London. In 1967 he became professor of constitutional history at Cambridge University. A scholar of Tudor administrative history, his studies have emphasized the development of modern governmental machinery, under the direction of Thomas Cromwell, as the central feature of the Tudor era. He has written many excellent works, a recent one being The English (1992).

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