Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700

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Scholars of English, history, and women's studies address such topics as sisterhood, friendship, and the power of English aristocratic women, 1450-1550; politics in the Elizabethan privy chamber: Lady Mary Sidney and Kat Ashley; negotiating favor in the letters of Lady Ralegh; Esther Inglis and the English succession crisis of 1599; the Cavendish-Talbot women playing a high-stakes game; royalist mothers, lovers, and others; the use of women's manuscripts in a widening political arena; and English nuns and Stuart politics. Many of the 15 essays have been revised from presentations at a June 2001 conference in Reading, England. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754609889
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction : rethinking women and politics in early modern England 1
2 Sisterhood, friendship and the power of English aristocratic women, 1450-1550 21
3 A rhetoric of requests : genre and linguistic scripts in Elizabethan women's suitors' letters 51
4 Politics it the Elizabethan privy chamber : Lady Mary Sidney and Kat Ashley 67
5 Portingale women and politics in Late Elizabethan London 83
6 Negotiating favour : the letter of Lady Ralegh 99
7 'Suche news as on the Quenes hye wayes we have mett' : the news and intelligence networks of Elizabeth Talbot, countess of Shrewsbury (c.1527-1608) 114
8 Esther Inglis and the English succession crisis of 1599 132
9 The Cavendish-Talbot women : playing a high-stakes game 147
10 Aristocratic women, power, patronage and family networks at the Jacobean court, 1603-1625 164
11 Anne of Denmark and the historical contextualisation of Shakespeare and Fletcher's Henry VIII 181
12 Mothers, lovers and others : royalist women 194
13 Beyond microhistory : the use of women's manuscripts in a widening political arena 211
14 Loyal and dutiful subjects : English nuns and Stuart politics 228
15 Assuming gentility : Thomas Middleton, Mary Carleton and Aphra Behn 243
Index 257
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