The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569

The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569

by Stephen Alford
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521622189
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
959,286
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1William Cecil and early Elizabethan political culture9
2The politics of Britain and the development of the British succession crisis 1558-155943
3Anglo-British negotiations for a settlement 1560-156371
4New Tudor politics and the domestic impact of the succession issue 1560-156397
5The Darnley marriage and weaknesses in the Elizabethan polity 1564-1566120
6Cecil, parliament, and the succession 1566-1567142
7Cecil's proposal for the settlement of Britain 1567-1568158
8The crisis of 1569 and an alternative remedy182
Conclusion: the early Elizabethan polity209
Appendices223
Bibliography244
Index266

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