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Court Politics and the Earl of Essex, 1589–1601

Political and Popular Culture in the Early Modern Period: 6

Janet Dickinson

208pp: 234x156mm: 2012
HB 978 1 84893 077 3: £60/$99

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'Provocative, substantial and serious.'

Times Literary Supplement

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The 1590s have long been considered as having had a distinct character, separate from the remainder of Elizabeth’s reign. This book provides a reassessment of the politics and political culture of this significant period. Dickinson focuses on the career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and his supposed factional conflict with the Cecils. She offers a radical reappraisal of the divide between the ‘two reigns’, paying closer attention to the continuities between the conduct of politics in the 1590s and before. This study provides a long-overdue revision of our understanding of noble culture, politics and policy making in the Elizabethan era.

1 Chivalric Culture and the Earl of Essex
2 The Virgin Queen and Her Lovers
3 'This Late Unhappy Accident': The Rebellion of 1601
4 Faction in the 1590s?
5 Essex and Cecil
6 Essex and the Essexians
7 Elizabeth's Last Decade: Cult or Crisis?
  • 'Provocative, substantial and serious.'

    Times Literary Supplement

  • 'Dickinson's detailed analysis of a wide range of documentation and literature is a persuasive rebuttal of the factional theory that has marginalized the aging queen.'

    Sixteenth Century Journal

ISBNs: 9781848930773 978-1-84893-077-3 ISBNs: 9781848930780 978-1-84893-078-0 ISBNs: 9781781442715 978-1-78144-271-5

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