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The NorthernersA Study in the Reign of King John$
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J. C. Holt

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203094.001.0001

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The Government of the North

The Government of the North

(p.194) XI The Government of the North
The Northerners

J. C. Holt

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The northern problem of John's time was a result of two factors. First, he, and to a lesser extent his two predecessors, integrated the north much more closely than ever before in the administration of the whole realm. Secondly, he did this on an insecure political basis; his royal authority, as represented by his officers and supporters, was too isolated. The north began to feel the full weight of royal government in the middle years of the reign of Henry II. By then it bore on a group of families already in established and privileged positions, who were mentally maladjusted to it because of the earlier administrative history of the north, who saw little reason why they should accept it now, and who resisted it at every step, ultimately, at the end of John's reign, by civil war.

Keywords:   King John, royal government, rebellion, north, civil war

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