Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I: Queen and Commonwealth, 1558-1585 available in Hardcover
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Anne McLaren explores the consequences for English political culture when, with the accession of Elizabeth I, imperial "kingship" came to be invested in a female ruler. She looks at how Elizabeth managed to be queen, in the face of considerable male opposition, and emphasizes the continuities between Elizabeth's reign and the outbreak of the English civil wars in the seventeenth century. Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I thus offers a wholesale reinterpretation of the political dynamics of the period.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. 'To be Deborah': The political implications of providentialism under a female ruler; 2. Announcing the godly common weal: Knox, Aylmer and the parameters of counsel; 3. Feats of incorporation: the ideological bases of the mixed monarchy; 4. Contesting the social order: 'resistance theory' and the mixed monarchy; 5. Godly men and nobles: the bicephalic body politic; 6. Godly men and parliamentarians: the politics of counsel in the 1570s; 7. Rewriting the common weal: Sir Thomas Smith and the De Republica Angelorum; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.