Introduction: the State and Local Society

  title={Introduction: the State and Local Society},
  author={S. Hindle},
On 6 December 1609, James I and his Privy Council wrote to the sheriffs and justices of the peace of all the counties of the realm, severely criticising the endemic negligence of provincial governors.1 Even when prompted by ‘extraordinary directions derived from the prerogative power of his Majesty by proclamations, letters, and commissions’ or by conciliar ‘orders in his name’, there was a general failure of ‘good correspondence between direction and expedition’, especially in those ‘greatest… Expand