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Excerpt from The Council in the Marches of Wales: A Study in Local Government During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Among the extraordinary Courts of the Tudor and Stuart periods special interest attaches to the Court of the Council in the Dominion and Principality of Wales, and the Marches of the same.1 Its history, extending over more than two centuries, throws much light on methods of government, and also on the social condition of the people within its jurisdiction. The Court was a means of ensuring order in districts long vexed by war, faction, and unpunished crime. It did something to render the union of England and Wales advantageous to both countries 5 and in spite of many faults, it may be regarded as a fairly successful attempt to grapple with difficulties, the origin of which lay far back in the past. From a purely constitutional point of View it deserves closer study than it has hitherto received. Its relations with the Privy Council, the Star Chamber, and the various local authorities, illustrate that development of both central and local government which especially characterizes the England of the Tudors. In the constitutional struggle Of the seventeenth century the Court occupied some place, For the various titles of the Court and Council, see Appendix I.
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