Governing Elizabethan England

Authored by: Norman Jones

The Elizabethan World

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415409599
eBook ISBN: 9781315736044
Adobe ISBN: 9781317565796


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England’s national government had a simple mandate: to keep the peace and defend the realm against external and internal enemies. Historically, the English people had, time after time, seen that peace broken by over-mighty subjects, and the Tudor monarchs worked hard to force them into obedience, but they walked a fine line since they had so little direct control over local governments. Those were in the hands of local aristocrats, oligarchs and landed gentlemen. They had to be encouraged to co-operate with the monarchy to enforce the law, keep the peace, collect the taxes and defend the realm.

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