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The Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640 (Paperback)
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The Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640 (Paperback)

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Paperback 460 Pages / Published: 08/08/2002
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This collection of essays is the first full account of the largest estate in early modern England, against which the fortunes of all other estates may be judged. Previous accounts have tended to regard the Crown lands as a resource to be plundered by successive monarchs in times of need: much of the monastic land confiscated by Henry VIII had been sold by the time of his death, and the estates had mostly been liquidated to meet the demands of expenditure by 1640. It is not denied in these essays that the estates suffered from the attrition of periodic sale, but the estates are also seen as a continuing enterprise of complexity and sophistication. Each essay is concerned with the dialogue between the Exchequer and its local administrators and tenants. The success and failure of initiatives launched by the Exchequer is illustrated by examples drawn from many communities throughout England.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521526517
Number of pages: 460
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The Estates of the English Crown is an indispensable and much-needed book, dealing thoroughly with those problems of tenures, Exchequer administration and royal finance which have in the past defeated or slowed the pens of some notable scholars. For the general historian of the period, perhaps the greatest interest of the book lies in its discussion of projects for improving revenue.' Paul Slack, The Times Literary Supplement
"The Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640 is an indispensable and much-needed book, dealing thoroughly with those problems of tenures, Exchequer administration and royal finance..." Times Literary Supplement
"Hoyle and his team have demystified the lands. Their volume is an essential handbook and much more." W.J. Jones, Canadian Journal of History
"These essays are rich in both detail and insight, and ought to be counted among the most significant contributions made in recent years to the administrative and financial history of the early modern English state." John M. Currin
"...very readable, well organized, exceptionally well documented, and soundly argued." The Historian
"...The quality of the work is amazingly even...this is an important book and one that will undoubtedly spark further investigations." Roy E. Schreiber, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"This is a devastating book: fourteen essays by six scholars (six of them by the editor himself) take us into the minefield of the early modern English royal estate; and if some of the mines are exploded round us, we are led safely out again, with infinitely better understanding and the feeling that the claim that this is 'the first full account of the largest estate in early modern England' is entirely justified." Jenny Wormald, Renaissance Quarterly

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