Alexandra Gajda

in The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199699681
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739057 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This chapter gives a brief introductory sketch of Essex’s career and the existing scholarship about the earl and his role in late Elizabethan politics. Current themes in Elizabethan studies that inform the thematic and methodological approach of the book are defined. These include the interrelation of the histories of politics, religion, and political ideas; the definition of the separate and distinctive nature of the political culture of the 1590s in England; and the shadow that the unsettled succession cast over the minds and actions of all political actors. The chapter structure of the book is mapped out, as are the lines of analysis that will be pursued.

Keywords: earl of Essex; monarchical republic; counsel; 1590s; public sphere; succession

Chapter.  12097 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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