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Great Britain. Privy Council


The Privy Council is descended from the Curia Regis, which was made up of the king’s tenants in chief, household officials, and other advisers. This group performed all the functions of government in either small groups, which became the king’s council, or large groups, which grew into the great council and Parliament. The council system worked well as long as the king was capable of choosing the right men and providing leadership.

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Great Britain. Privy Council order

Mss 707125
Identifier: Mss 707125
Scope and Contents Four-page order in council directing the Duke of Bedford and justices of the peace in Middlesex to execute the royal proclamation and act (VI Anne 17) to recruit troops by payment to volunteers and by impressment. List of members of the council with brief biographical notices is also included.