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    Monastic records and the Dissolution: a Tudor revolution in the archives?

    Harding, Vanessa (2016) Monastic records and the Dissolution: a Tudor revolution in the archives? European History Quarterly 46 (3), pp. 480-497. ISSN 0265-6914.

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    Administrative reform in the 1530s amounted, in Professor Geoffrey Elton’s words, to a ‘Tudor revolution in government’. The Dissolution of the monasteries and the confiscation of their assets played a major part in this. The need to value, survey, document and exploit the monastic estates transformed government record-keeping, necessitating the creation of new offices – such as the Court of Augmentations - and the adoption of new practices and an expanded bureaucracy. The paper traces the response of the bureaucrats to the challenges to record-management resulting from the Dissolution, and the subsequent history of the monasteries’ records of landholding, a task complicated by the activities of later government archivists.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Archives, England, monastic property, Reformation, sixteenth century
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Vanessa Harding
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 15:53
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:25


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