The Judicature and the Courts

  • Ken Powell
  • Chris Cook
Part of the Palgrave Historical and Political Facts book series (PHPF)


England under the Tudors was a society striving for law and order, for the secure peaceful background to people’s lives which has been frequently seen, in previous and later centuries, as the basic prerequisite of a civilised society. But, as at other periods, the Tudor thirst for order claimed many victims and pursued its own ends regardless of some of the most basic human values. Fifteenth-century society in England had felt the weakening influence of the vacuum at its summit — the monarchy. The first task of the Tudor monarchy was to restore the power and prestige of the Crown. From this followed the general reassertion of royal government throughout the realm: once more the monarch ruled England.


Civil Court Criminal Jurisdiction High Commission Privy Council Henry VIII 
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