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

Norman Jones


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 classes in order to keep the peace and defend the realm on her behalf. He did it successfully through using the shared value systems of the ruling classes, an improved information system, coercion, and mutual self-interest. He governed by leveraging the virtues of a ruling class trained to believe in their God-g ... More

Keywords: Lord Burghley, William Cecil, virtue, honor, management, wards, taxation, religion, defense, justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593606
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Jones, author
Professor of History, Utah State University