The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597

The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597

by Paul E. J. Hammer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521019419

ISBN-13: 9780521019415

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The final decades of the reign of Elizabeth I were marked by the meteoric career of her last great favourite, Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex (1565-1601), and the outbreak of bitter political divisions at Court and across the realm. This revisionist study challenges the traditional 'romantic' image of Essex as a military incompetent and political dabbler..…  See more details below

Overview

The final decades of the reign of Elizabeth I were marked by the meteoric career of her last great favourite, Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex (1565-1601), and the outbreak of bitter political divisions at Court and across the realm. This revisionist study challenges the traditional 'romantic' image of Essex as a military incompetent and political dabbler.. "Studying his career between his arrival at court in 1585 and his appointment as earl marshal at the end of 1597, the book casts Essex in a new light and re-examines his role in the outbreak of factionalism in Elizabethan politics.. "This study explores the forces which drove Essex's career, why true political success remained frustratingly beyond his grasp, and how his efforts to achieve this success helped to fuel the polarisation of Elizabethan politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521019415
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations
Technical note
Introduction: 'A playboy of the western world'?1
Pt. IInto the fateful circle: 1585-159211
1'My lord of Essex'13
2'Yowr sonne most ready to doe yowr service'39
3'To whom muche is geven ...'76
Pt. IIThe quest for greatness: 1593-1597109
4'One of her Majestie's privy councillors'111
5'Matters of intelligence'152
6'The shepheard of Albion's Arcadia'199
7'My lord of Essex his men'269
8'Your Majestie's creture and vassall'316
9'Yf we lyved not in a cunning world ...'341
Conclusion: 'A greater worke then ever any gentleman'389
Bibliography of primary sources405
Index428

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