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Secular power and its rewards in Dorset in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries

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This essay attempts something that has never been done before; comparing the relationships between the most important officers of shire government at a time of rapid change in the manner in which shire administration was conducted, through a case-study of one well-documented shire. As such, it runs counter to much of the historiography, which has tended to consider offices in isolation from each other rather than as part of a dynamic system. It emphasizes the extent to which sheriffs, often regarded as all-powerful, were subject to local justices, whose power came from multiple and sometimes informal sources that has made them rather difficult to assess. This essay was a spin-off from the forthcoming monograph on shire government.

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Karn, N.E. (2009) Secular power and its rewards in Dorset in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries Historical Research, 82, (215), pp. 2-16.

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Published date: February 2009

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Local EPrints ID: 66238
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66238
ISSN: 0950-3471
PURE UUID: 884c55c7-0adc-4e96-a998-9ba8275b1be7

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Date deposited: 18 May 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:26

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