The Structure of the Age: Conservatism
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Some scholars, looking at the prevailing conceptions of nature and the universe, assert confidently that an age so blatantly 'pre-scientific' cannot be modern. The distinction is unreal in practice, but its value lies in the fact that it summarises two different attitudes to the problem of political organisation. The Elizabethan Privy Council was a well-defined bureaucratic organisation. The Privy Council concerned itself quite simply with everything that went on in England, and it often dealt with these matters directly, though at other times it delegated them to a particular member, a lesser official, or a different court. The factions and rivalries dominated much of the inner history of the reign. A fuller account of them than is possible here would make Elizabethan politics more real, rather less heroic, and much more interesting. Financial administration concentrated upon the lord treasurer. The reforms which they carried out solved the problem by re-uniting most of the crown's finances under the exchequer.