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Governing by VirtueLord Burghley and the Management of Elizabethan England$
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Norman Jones

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593606.001.0001

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Managing Locally

Managing Locally

(p.74) 4 Managing Locally
Governing by Virtue

Norman Jones

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The management of local government was in the hands of the magisterial classes—aristocrats and gentlemen. These served as justices of the peace, commissioners of sewers, muster masters, and in other unpaid service. Managing them was one of Burghley’s important jobs. Choosing them, convincing them to cooperate, and using them to keep the peace and provide for the defense of the realm was a key task of Burghley and the Privy Council. This chapter explores how these tasks were managed.

Keywords:   commissions, magistrates, virtue, law enforcement, sheriffs, assize courts, Libri Pacis, Burghley, Leicester

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