Commonwealth and governance in sixteenth century England, the case of East Anglia

Cox, Adam (2014) Commonwealth and governance in sixteenth century England, the case of East Anglia. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation centres on an analysis of the language of the commonwealth and governance during the reign of Edward VI, under the stewardships of the Dukes of Somerset and Northumberland. Utilising a plethora of primary source material coupled with current historiography this body of work will examine how the language of the commonwealth affected governance and governments in a multitude of ways between 1547 and 1553. The thesis of this dissertation is that the language of the commonwealth had a significant effect on governance and through this relationship both commonwealth and governance shifted and evolved. Some of the key themes of this dissertation are the relationship between central and local governments, how the language of the commonwealth was used in dialogues and negotiations, and how individuals and institutions considered these ideals. Governments and rebellions during the period challenged the existing practices and traditions both locally and nationally. This dissertation will examine the actions of governments through a case study analysis of the risings in 1549 in East Anglia, commonly referred to as Kett’s rebellion. This case study will explore specific instances of conflict and how this links to the language of the commonwealth. In addition, this dissertation will outline the importance of the language of the commonwealth, disseminating its key meaning and approaches before considering its application in both general and specific contexts.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 13:58
    Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 13:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17421

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