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Title: Secretaries, statesmen and spies : the clerks of the Tudor Privy Council, c.1540 - c.1603
Author: Vaughan, Jacqueline D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2716 6553
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation studies the office of the clerk of the Privy Council, including discussions of the office itself, and the nineteen men who held that office between its creation, in 1540, and 1603. The dual focus on the office and officers aims to provide greater understanding of both. Areas of study include the personal and professional backgrounds of the clerks, their careers, writings both political and personal, additional offices held and both social and financial concerns. This covers areas as diverse as knighthoods, land grants, election to the House of Commons, political treatises and university education. Additionally, the duties of the office, both standard and extraordinary, are discussed, as well as details regarding the creation and handling of the clerk’s primary concern, the Privy Council register. This includes details regarding signatures, meetings with ambassadors, examination of prisoners, Council meetings, salaries and fees, and attendance rotation. Ties between the clerks and clerkship and the Privy Council and its members are discussed throughout, as well as the role of patronage, education, foreign experience and personal motives. This study aims to provide a greater understanding of the clerks of the Privy Council and their office, knowing that one cannot be fully understood without the other.
Supervisor: Hammer, Paul E. J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: JN378.V2 ; Great Britain. Privy Council--Biography ; Great Britain--History--Tudors ; 1485-1603--Biography ; Great Britain--Politics and government--1485-1603