The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569by Stephen Alford
Pub. Date: 03/28/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Traditionally historians have argued that the court of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) was factional, divided between competing subjects who were manipulated by their Queen. This book provides a different account: of councillors who were united by two connected dangers, namely Catholic opposition to Protestant England and Elizabeth's refusal to marry or to settle England's succession. Working from the papers of the Queen's secretary, William Cecil, the author has set this crisis in the context of events in Scotland, Ireland and mainland Europe, and has explored fully the long-term political impact of this succession crisis in the 1560s.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. William Cecil and early Elizabethan political culture; 2. The politics of Britain and the development of the British succession crisis, 1558–1559; 3. Anglo-British negotiations for a settlement, 1560–1563; 4. New Tudor politics and the domestic impact of the succession issue, 1560–1563; 5. The Darnley marriage and weaknesses in the Elizabethan polity, 1564–1566; 6. Cecil, parliament and the succession, 1566–1567; 7. Cecil's proposal for the settlement of Britain, 1567–1568; 8. The crisis of 1569 and an alternative remedy; Conclusion: the early Elizabethan polity; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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