Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power: The Making of the British State

Hardcover | May 1, 1994

bySteven G. Ellis

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This controversial book offers a novel perspective on Tudor government and British state formation. It argues that traditional studies focusing on lowland England as 'the normal context of government' exaggerate the regime's successes by marginalizing the borderlands. Frontiers were normalin early-modern Europe, however, and central to the problem of state formation. England's peripheries were more extensive than the core and provide the real yardstick by which the effectiveness of government can be measured.Ellis demonstrates their importance by means of a detailed comparative study of two marches - Cumbria and Ireland - and their ruling magnates. He demonstrates the flaws in early Tudor policy, characterized by long periods of neglect, interspersed with sporadic attempts to adapt, at minimal cost, acentralized administrative system geared to lowland England for the government of outlying regions which had very different social structures.Ellis analyses the 1534 crisis in crown-magnate relations, reassesses the resulting policy of centralization and uniformity, and identifies the central role of these developments in establishing a British pattern of state formation.

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This controversial book offers a novel perspective on Tudor government and British state formation. It argues that traditional studies focusing on lowland England as 'the normal context of government' exaggerate the regime's successes by marginalizing the borderlands. Frontiers were normalin early-modern Europe, however, and central ...

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This controversial book offers a novel perspective on Tudor government and British state formation. It argues that traditional studies focusing on lowland England as 'the normal context of government' exaggerate the regime's successes by marginalizing the borderlands. Frontiers were normal in early-modern Europe, however, and central t...

Ellis is author of: Tudor Ireland: Crown, Community and the Conflict of Cultures 1470-1603 (Longman 1985, reprinted 1987. 1992, 1993, 398 pages), and Reform and Revival: English Government in Ireland, 1470-1534 (The Royal Historical Society; the Boydell Press, Woodbridge; St. Martin's PRess, New York, 1986, 269 pages).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198201338

ISBN - 13:9780198201335

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`an engaging and scholarly contribution to our knowledge of two important frontiers ... Ellis's scholarship is meticulous ... his ongoing move away from court-based or indeed Anglocentric history is a good example for British historians to follow.'Maureen M. Meikle, University of Sutherland, History 83/269