Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power

Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power

The Making of the British State

eBook - 1995
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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 to the problem of state formation. Steve Ellis argues that England's peripheries were more extensive than the core and provide the real yardstick by which the effectiveness of government can be measured. He demonstrates their importance by means of a detailed comparative study of two marches - Cumbria and Ireland - and their ruling magnates. He exposes the flaws in early Tudor policy - characterized by long periods of neglect, interspersed with sporadic attempts to adapt, at minimal cost, a centralized administrative system geared to lowland England for the government of outlying regions which had very different social structures.
This work examines the Tudor government and the formation of the British state from the perspective of the borderlands which made up over half of English territory. It proposes that it was the frontiers, not lowland England, which provided the real test of Tudor statesmanship.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1995.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxi, 303 pages) : 5 maps

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