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Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-309) and index.
Book Cover -- Title -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction The fountain of favor -- The language of patronage: a discourse of connection -- The structures of patronage and corruption: access and allocation -- Court patronage networks -- Court connections and county associations: the case of Buckinghamshire -- Corruption and early modern administration: the case of the navy -- Corruption and the economy -- Corruption and political ideology -- The language of corruption: a discourse of political conflict -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Index
This wide-ranging volume goes to the heart of the revisionist debate about the crisis of government that led to the English Civil War. The author tackles questions about the patronage that structured early modern society, arguing that the increase in royal bounty in the early seventeenth century redefined the corrupt practices that characterized early modern administration.
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