The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 7, 1982 - History - 511 pages
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Though the first edition of this book (1960) rapidly established itself as a sound collection of source material and a comprehensive analysis of the government of England in the sixteenth century, the astonishing amount of work done, by many hands including the author's, in the last twenty years has rendered a revision very necessary. The scope of these changes is indicated by the fact that in the list of books cited some 180 make a first appearance while some 70 have been discarded. In the upshot, no single section has remained unaltered and several (especially on the Church, on Parliament and on the Law) have had to be entirely rewritten. While there was room for the addition of only a few documents, they have been chosen with an eye to topics especially alive in the researches of the present day. One such issue - patronage and faction - while not amenable to documentation in a book of this kind has not been forgotten in the commentary.
 

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Contents

THE CROWN
1
II THE NATURE OF KINGSHIP
12
III THE POWERS OF THE CROWN
17
IV THE REVENUES OF THE CROWN
39
V THE LAW OF TREASON
59
THE COUNCIL
88
II BUSINESS
102
THE SEALS AND THE SECRETARY
117
II COMPOSITION
245
III PROCEDURE
249
IV PRIVILEGES
260
V MANAGEMENT
290
VI CONFLICT
307
THE CHURCH
327
II THE ROYAL SUPREMACY
338
III SECULARISATION OF LAND
378

FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
129
THE ANCIENT COURTS
148
CONCILIAR COURTS
163
II THE COURT OF REQUESTS
187
III LOCAL COUNCILS
199
ECCLESIASTICAL COURTS
218
II THE HIGH COMMISSION
221
PARLIAMENT
233
IV SETTLEMENT OF RELIGION
395
V THE CATHOLIC THREAT
419
VI THE PURITAN MOVEMENT
442
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
462
LIST OF BOOKS
483
GLOSSARY
500
INDEX
501
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About the author (1982)

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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