Governing by Virtue: Lord Burghley and the Management of Elizabethan England

Hardcover | November 1, 2015

byNorman Jones

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Managing early modern England was difficult because the state was weak. Although Queen Elizabeth was the supreme ruler, she had little bureaucracy, no standing army, and no police force. This meant that her chief manager, Lord Burghley, had to work with the gentlemen of the magisterial classesin order to keep the peace and defend the realm. He did this successfully by employing the shared value systems of the ruling classes, an improved information system, and gentle coercion. Using Burghley's archive, Governing by Virtue explores how he ran a state whose employees were venal, who owned their jobs for life, or whose power derived from birth and possession, not allegiance, even during national crises like that of the Spanish Armada.

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Managing early modern England was difficult because the state was weak. Although Queen Elizabeth was the supreme ruler, she had little bureaucracy, no standing army, and no police force. This meant that her chief manager, Lord Burghley, had to work with the gentlemen of the magisterial classesin order to keep the peace and defend the r...

Norman Jones studied under G. R. Elton, and his first book, Faith by Statute: Parliament and the Settlement of Religion 1559 (1982), won the Whitefield Prize from the Royal Historical Society. His other books include God and the Moneylenders: Usury and the Law in Early Modern England (1989); The Birth of the Elizabethan Age: England in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199593604

ISBN - 13:9780199593606

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Managing Elizabethan England2. Managing Virtuously3. William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Manager4. Managing Locally5. Managing Through Perception6. Managing Up and Managing Down7. Managing Money8. Managing War9. Managing the Protestant State10. Conclusion: Managing within the PossibleBibliography