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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 War

Managing War

(p.170) 8 Managing War
Governing by Virtue

Norman Jones

Oxford University Press

Defending the realm was a primary job of the monarch, and it fell to Burghley and the Privy Council to keep the nation in readiness for war, and to manage troops, ships, and supplies when they were needed in the conflicts in Ireland, the Low Countries, at sea, and on the Scottish border. Because mustering and equipping was the duty of local gentry, Burghley was constantly seeking ways to ensure that they would do their duty. Looking at the attempts to create trained bands in Yorkshire and at the encouragement of horse keeping for military purposes, this chapter points to the difficulties of using the antiquated defense system, and the resulting creation of a system of lord-lieutenants and trained bands that went some way toward giving England a more effective system of defense, commanded by loyal Protestants.

Keywords:   defense, trained bands, lord-lieutenant, musters, horse, guns, navy, militia, borders, abuse of apparel

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