Cromwell engineered major changes in the bureaucratic structure of Henry

Cromwell engineered major changes in the bureaucratic structure of Henry

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Unformatted text preview: Cromwell engineered major changes in the bureaucratic structure of Henry's administration. By 1536, the inner ring of the king's council had been transformed into a proper institution known as the Privy Council. It was no longer an informal body wielding uncertain amounts of influence over the king's decision-making. It became a formal body, with defined conciliar functions. By the 1540s, the financial administration and other ministries had been streamlined and made more efficient, and the Crown was bringing in increased revenues from taxation. Thomas Cromwell possessed a secular mindset that enabled him to look at the forms of the new Church of England as serving more of a worldly function than a spiritual one. He wished to see England become a great political state, in the modern sense of that word. The concept of national sovereignty was not commonly accepted or understood in word....
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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