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 defines the broader conclusions that can be drawn from the earl’s career and rising. It restates the importance of the role that political and religious ideas played in shaping the events of the late 1590s and the earl’s revolt. It is argued that the religious tensions revealed by Essex’s involvement in succession politics were inherited by James VI on his accession to the English throne. It is argued that the ideas and concepts used by Elizabethans to define the monarchical state, and the roles and rights of subjects within it, were often drawn from highly negative literary paradigms: this represented a significant shift from the political culture of the earlier Elizabethan period, foreshadowing public discourse about the early Stuart monarchy, with ramifications for the ideological divisions of the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Keywords: earl of Essex; James VI; virtue; counsel; kingship; succession; ideological divisions

Chapter.  2347 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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