Tudor Men and Institutions: Studies in English Law and Government

Tudor Men and Institutions: Studies in English Law and Government

Tudor Men and Institutions: Studies in English Law and Government

Tudor Men and Institutions: Studies in English Law and Government

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These essays, published here for the first time, share two characteristics. However wide their range of subject matter, each throws some light on the nature of Tudor rituals of rule. And each does so by dealing with some governor or institution of government or problem of law related to that aggrandizement of power we associate with the Tudor dynasty.

It is no longer evident to us, as it was to James A. Froude, that we must look exclusively to Henry VIII's reign in order to understand the actions on which the later constitution rested. Medievalists have never tired of showing us how the Tudor accomplishments rested on the adaptation of old uses to new purposes. And rightly so. Whether we accept the notion of G. R. Elton that there was a Tudor revolution in government . . .

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