Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859895132 Published January 1997 For sale in North and South America only

Gentry Leaders In Peace And War

The Gentry Governors of Devon in the Early Seventeenth Century

Mary Wolffe

Gentry Leaders In Peace And War
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Mary Wolffe

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288 pages | illustrations | 9-1/10 x 6-3/10
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859895132 Published January 1997 For sale in North and South America only
The great strength of the government of Devon in the early seventeenth century lay in the quality of its leaders. They ruled together in harmony, free from rivalries for supremacy, free from the influence of any powerful resident nobles and saved from religious conflicts by the pacific Bishop Hall. Confident of their ability to rule the county and prepared to introduce innovative methods even in the judicial sphere, they achieved a high level of competent administration. They gave the king loyal service but were also prepared to be outspoken over the difficulties his policies caused them.
 
This book emphasizes this strength by describing much of the administration through a series of biographical studies, each biography covering the whole life of the subject and so relating service in peacetime to actions during the civil war. In this way, the book describes the government of Devon in the early seventeenth century through the eyes of its administrators and helps us to understand the whole class of gentry leaders.
Exeter Cathedral News
“A well-researched and positive contribution to appreciation of the local dimension of early Stuart government. Her pertinent questions elicit thoughtful and stimulating answers.” –Exeter Cathedral News, February 1998
Cathedral News
“Dr Wolffe offers a well-researched and positive contribution to appreciation of the local dimension of early Stuart government. Her pertinent questions elicit thoughtful and stimulating answers. Gentry Leaders enhances the burgeoning historical list of the University of Exeter Press.” –Cathedral News, February 1998
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