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The Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640 - R. W. Hoyle

The Estates of the English Crown, 1558-1640

By: R. W. Hoyle (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th September 1992
ISBN: 9780521360821
Number Of Pages: 460

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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.

'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

List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
List of Pubic Record Office classes cited
Introduction: aspects of the Crown's estate, c. 1558-1640
The Elizabethan Crown lands; their purposes and problems
The Elizabethan Duchy of Cornwall, an estate in stasis
Exchequer officials and the market in Crown property, 1558-1640
Power, patronage and politics: office-holding and administration on the Crown's estates in Wales
Tenure on the Elizabethan estates
Leases of Crown lands in the reign of Elizabeth I
Customary tenure on the Elizabethan estates
'Shearing the hog': the reform of the estates, c. 1598-1640
Jacobean Phoenix: the Duchy of Cornwall in the principates of
The Crown as projector on its own estates, from Elizabeth I to Charles I
Disafforestation and drainage: the Crown as entrepreneur?
From swanimote to disafforestation: Feckenham Forest in the early seventeenth century
Reflections on the history of the Crown lands, 1558-1640
Index
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ISBN: 9780521360821
ISBN-10: 052136082X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 25th September 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.84