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Elizabethan Government and Politics

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852779.003.0014

Series: History of Wales

Elizabethan Government and Politics

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Elizabeth’s reign saw Wales being brought much more completely within the orbit of the English monarchy and the full effects of the assimilation become increasingly apparent. Her monarchy was strong, stable, and popular. The problems faced by the Elizabethan administration in Wales were much the same in any part of the realm. One major difficulty about this whole extension of royal authority was that all official proceedings had to be conducted in the English language, of which the majority of the Welsh had little or no command. At the centre of government was the Privy Council, the group of Elizabeth’s most influential advisers handpicked by the Queen. Its daughter body in Wales was the Council in Marches. There were regional institutions, local institutions, and office-holders too that ran the government. Rivalries were rampant among politicians and landowners in Wales.

Keywords: Elizabeth; Wales; monarchy; English language; Privy Council; Council in Marches

Chapter.  12245 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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