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War and politics in the Elizabethan countiesPolitics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain$
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Neil Younger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083006

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083006.001.0001

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Constructing a Protestant regime The machinery of the Elizabethan war effort in the counties

Constructing a Protestant regime The machinery of the Elizabethan war effort in the counties

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(p.11) Chapter 1 Constructing a Protestant regime The machinery of the Elizabethan war effort in the counties
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War and politics in the Elizabethan counties
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Younger Neil

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DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083006.003.0002

This chapter considers the ways in which the Elizabethan regime adapted its governing methods to the demands of war, in particular looking at the lord lieutenancies. The earlier history of this institution are sketched, and the revival of the lieutenancies in 1585-88 are discussed. This is considered in the context of continuing religious division in England, in which the Protestant Elizabethan regime remained fearful of English Catholics and conscious of its potential weakness in the event of a disputed succession. The problem of religious division is also applied to the wider picture of local government, suggesting that the council pursued a consistent policy of concentrating county government in the hands of small groups of highly trusted Protestant allies, a policy typified by the lieutenancy but also affecting the justices of the peace.

Keywords:   Lord lieutenancies, Local government, Justices of the Peace, Religious division, Protestant, Catholics

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