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 among competing subjects who were manipulated by their Queen. This book provides a different account: of councilors who were united by two connected dangers, namely Catholic opposition to Protestant England and Elizabeth's refusal to marry or to settle

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Traditionally historians have argued that the court of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) was factional, divided among competing subjects who were manipulated by their Queen. This book provides a different account: of councilors 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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"The book's clear language, topic, and use of sources should appeal to an audience of professional historians and upper-level undergraduates." Mary Hill Cole, History

"Alford has written a very useful book..." American Historical Review

"...this is a very good book....Alford makes an important contribution to our understanding of how the political thought of the mid-sixteenth century shaped early Elizabethan policy." Norman Jones, Albion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521892858
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/20/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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