Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569 (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569 (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 03/09/1998
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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. This alternative account of the first decade of Elizabeth's reign investigates three main areas. It challenges the notion that Elizabeth I and her councillors agreed on policy, and that the Queen and her secretary, William Cecil, formed an inseparable political partnership; it establishes the importance of rhetorical training and the relationship between education and Elizabethan debates on the issue of service to the Queen, balanced against service to the Commonwealth; and it deals with the radical political conditions of the first decade, and argues that the origins of later Elizabethan crises lay in the 1560s.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521622189
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The book makes good use of Cecil's massive personal archive, the most extensively by far of any contemporary statesman or politician ... the book does, certainly, reveal a familiar figure in a new light and disposes of Macaulay's caricature of him as a wooden yes-man.' Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
"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

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