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The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary
Though the first edition of this book (1960) rapidly established itself as a sound collection of source material and a comprehensive analysis of the government of England in the sixteenth century, the astonishing amount of work done, by many hands including the author's, in the last twenty years has rendered a revision very necessary. Thc scope of these changes is indicate ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 19th 1982 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 1960)
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Dec 24, 2014 Alan Johnson rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I partially read this first edition (as reprinted with some corrections in 1965) for a graduate course in Tudor-Stuart history in the fall of 1968. It is a valuable reference for primary-source materials as well as commentary. It was superseded by a later edition, which I do not currently possess.
An strong advocate of the primacy of political and administrative history, Elton was the pre-eminent Tudor historian of his day. He also made very significant contributions to the then current debate on the philosophy of historical practice, as well as having a powerful effect on the profession through, among other things, his presidency of the Royal Historical Society.