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

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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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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Published date: February 2009


Local EPrints ID: 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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