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London in the Later Middle AgesGovernment and People 1200-1500$
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Caroline M. Barron

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.001.0001

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The Government of London: A Civic Bureaucracy

The Government of London: A Civic Bureaucracy

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(p.173) chapter eight The Government of London: A Civic Bureaucracy
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London in the Later Middle Ages
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Caroline M. Barron (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.003.08

This chapter examines the emergence of the civic bureaucracy or civil service which implemented the decisions taken in the Courts of Aldermen and Common Council. The emergence of the three most important officers — the Recorder, Chamberlain and Common Clerk (responsible respectively for legal , financial and secretarial matters) — is first discussed. This is followed by the charting of the burgeoning of the civil service to include a host of more specialised officers with responsibilities ranging from sanitation to oversight of the river Thames.

Keywords:   Recorder, Chamberlain, Common Clerk, Thames, sanitation, bureaucracy

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