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

Steven G. Ellis


This 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. England's peripheries were more extensive than the core and provide the real yardstick by which the effectiveness of government can be measured. The book demonstrates their importance by means of a detailed comparative study of two marches—Cum ... More

Keywords: Tudor government, British state formation, borderlands, Cumbria, Ireland, 1534 crisis, state formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201335
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven G. Ellis, author
University College, Galway