The Governance of the Realm

  • B. W. Beckingsale


The royal authority which Cromwell wielded on behalf of the King was grounded in the law through which it was applied to the governance of the realm. Since it was the necessity of a legalistic mode of government that there should be precedents, Cromwell presented himself as the champion of the historic rights of the English Kingship. Legality which sometimes covered both the spirit and the letter of the law was his working rule and his technical solution to the problem of exercising authority on behalf of the King. When Cromwell gave instructions for the ‘Abbot of Reading to be sent down to be tried and executed at Reading’, he spoke as a lawyer confident in his knowledge of the case.1 He did not take into account any further considerations. He relied on the law.


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