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In this major biography of the queen, Wallace
MacCaffrey focusses on Elizabeth's career as a practising politician,
taking into account her testing personal experience, her temperament,
her own view of her role and the constraints she frequently faced
whether imposed by the inheritance from her predecessors or by contemporary
events. The Elizabeth who emerges from these pages has a more human
appearance than the stiff, richly garbed, bejewelled Elizabeth of
the royal portraits. She is more fallible. And more interesting.
Paperback - ISBN: 0340614552 - $16.99 -
April 1994 - 496pp.
Authority and Consent in Tudor England:
Essays Presented to C.S.L. Davies
Edited by George Bernard and
Brought together as a tribute to the distinguished
Tudor historian C.S.L. Davies, the essays in this collection address
key themes in the current historiography of the Tudor period. These
include the nature, causes and consequences of change in English
government, society and religion, the relationship of centre, localities
and peripheral areas in the Tudor state, the regulation of belief
and conduct, and the dynamics of England's relations with her neighbours.
The contributors, colleagues and students of Cliff Davies, are all
leading scholars who have provided fresh and interesting essays
reflecting the wide ranging inquisitiveness characteristic of his
own work. They seek to cross as he has done the traditional boundaries
between the medieval and early modern periods and between social,
political and religious history. A coherent collection in their
own right, these essays, by showing the many new directions open
to those studying the Tudor period, provide a fitting tribute to
such an influential scholar.
Hardback - ISBN: 0 7546 0665 1 - September
2002 - £47.50 - 312 pp.
King James VI and I: Selected Writings
Edited by Neil Rhodes, Jennifer
Richards and Joseph Marshall
"Yet hath it been ever esteemed a matter
commendable to collect [works] together, and incorporate them into
one body, that we may behold at once, what divers Off-springs have
proceeded from one braine." This observation from the Bishop
of Winchester in his preface to King James's 1616 Workes is particularly
appropriate, since James's writings cross the boundaries of so many
different fields. While several other monarchs engaged in literary
composition, King James VI and I stands out as "an inveterate
scribbler" and is certainly the most extensively published
of all British rulers.This volume provides a broad representative
selection of King James's writings on a range of secular and religious
topics. Each text is provided in full, creating an invaluable reference
tool for 16th and 17th century scholars working in different disciplines
and a fascinating collection for students and general readers interested
in early modern history and literature. In contrast to other editions
of James's writings, which have been confined to a single aspect
of his work, the present edition brings together for the first time
his poetry and his religious writing, his political works and his
treatises on witchcraft and tobacco, in a single volume.What makes
this collection of James's writings especially significant is the
distinctiveness of his position as both writer and ruler, an author
of incontestable authority. All his authorly roles, as poet, polemicist,
theologian, political theorist and political orator are informed
by this fact. James's writings were also inevitably influenced by
the circumstances of his reigns and this volume reflects the turbulent
issues of religion, politics and nationhood that troubled his three
Hardback - 0 7546 0482 9 - April 2003 -
c. £45.00 - c. 370 pp.
The Birth of the Elizabethan Age
England in the 1560s
"Norman Jones has really brought the age
and its people fully to life, approaching them from all conceivable
angles and in every aspect of their lives, private and public. For
once we really live with the generality of Englishmen and women.
At the same time, the role and actions of the ruling sort are not
left out: everything is most convincingly knit together. This is
a major achievement, and I especially admired the way in which the
author managed to instil in the reader the joy he had in putting
this book together." Sir Geoffrey Elton, Clare College, Cambridge
This is the first of a new series of books
that will tell the history of early modern England from the perspective
of those living at the time. Norman Jones' fascinating account details
both the individual preoccupations (such as illness and famine)
and the larger historical changes (such as fears over the succession
and the establishment of Protestantism) which dominated life during
Paperback - ISBN: 0631199322 - September
I and the Verdicts of History
Archbishop Matthew Parker feared that Elizabeth
would be 'strangely chronicled'. From her death to the screening
of the film 'Elizabeth', the life of 'Gloriana' has been a subject
for all kinds of imaginative fiction. History, too, has traded as
much in myth as fact. Elizabeth's first historian, William Camden,
was not responsible for the myth, although his translators were.
The nineteenth century invented a 'whiggish' Elizabeth who identified
herself with the destiny of her people, although the leading Tudor
historian, A. J. Froude, was not a fan. Post-J. E. Neale and A.
L. Rowse, Froude's critical interrogation of the reign has been
revived in the latest Elizabethan historiography.
vol. 76, no. 194 (forthcoming November 2003)
Word of a Prince: a Life of Elizabeth I from Contemporary Documents
Unique, fascinating and revealing insight into
the personality of Elizabeth through study of her papers.
Paperback - ISBN: 0 85115 633 9 - £17.99
- 1999 - 276 pp.
Rebellion: the Outbreak of the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland
The insurrection in Ireland between 1594
and 1603 is examined and identified as the single greatest threat
to Elizabeth's reign
Paperback - ISBN: 0 85115 683 5 - £16.99
- 264 pp.
at Court: Politics and Religion in Elizabethan and Jacobean
This book describes preaching at the royal
courts during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I (1558-1625)
and reconstructs the contexts - architectural, religious, political
- in which the sermons were preached. The book is accompanied by
a definitive calendar on diskette of court sermons for the period.
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern
Hardback - ISBN: 0 521 59046 9 - £45
- 256 pp.
Book and People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England
a remarkable book
of [Dr Maltby's] argument is inescapable. No historian of the Reformation,
of the rise of Anglicanism, or of popular religion in the localities,
can afford to neglect her work.' John Guy, The
Cambridge Studies in Early
Modern British History
Hardback - ISBN: 0 521 45313 5 - £50
Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession
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 revisionary account provides a different interpretation:
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.
Cambridge Studies in Early
Modern British History
Hardback - ISBN: 0 521 62218 2 - £47.50
- 286 pp.
Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: the Political Career of
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597
Paul E. J. Hammer
The Earl of Essex was the last great
favourite of Elizabeth I. Using an unparalleled range of sources,
this revisionist study presents a new picture of Essex and of
the outbreak of faction in Elizabethan politics.
Cambridge Studies in Early
Modern British History
Hardback - ISBN: 0 521 43485 8 - £55
- 468 pp.
Leicester and Court: Essays on Elizabethan
During the past twenty-five years Elizabethan
history has been transformed by the work of Simon Adams. Famous
for the unique depth and breadth of his research in libraries and
archives throughout Britain, Western Europe and the USA, he has
brought to life the most enigmatic of the greater Elizabethans:
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Together with his edition of Leicester's
accounts and his reconstruction of Leicester's papers, Adams has
published numerous essays and articles on Leicester's influence
and activities. They have reshaped our knowledge of Elizabeth and
her Court, Parliament, the localities from Wales to Warwickshire
and such subjects of recent debate as the power of the nobility
and the noble affinity, the politics of faction and the role of
patronage. Sixteen of Adams' most important essays are found in
this collection, organised into three groups: the Court, Leicester
and his affinity, and Leicester and the regions. The collection
ranges from much-cited essays in standard textbooks to papers at
international conferences, as well as articles in a variety of journals.
This volume will be essential reading for students and academics
of the Elizabethan period and early modern history, as well as general
enthusiasts interested in the reign of Elizabeth I.
Paperback - ISBN: 0719053250 - April 2002
- £19.99 - 432pp.
Theatre and Empire: Great Britain
on the London Stages under James VI and I
Theatre and empire looks at the genesis of the
British national identity in the reign of King James VI and I. While
devolution is currently decentralising Britain, this book examines
how the idea of a united kingdom was created in the first place.
It does this by studying both the political language of the King's
project to replace England, Scotland and Wales with a single kingdom
of Great Britain and the cultural representations of empire on the
public and private stages. The book argues that between 1603-1625
a group of playwrights celebrated a new national consciousness in
works as diverse as Middleton's Hengist, King of Kent, Rowley's
The Birth of Merlin and Shakespeare's Cymbeline. While specifically
Jacobean interdisciplinary studies are few compared with Elizabethan
and Caroline works, Marshall attempts to redress the balance by
offering a fresh appraisal of James Stuart's reign. By looking at
both established and little known plays and playwrights Theatre
and empire rewrites our understanding of the political and cultural
context of the Jacobean stage. Theatre and empire will be of interest
to both historians and literary scholars of the period.
Hardback - ISBN: 0719057485 - August 2000 - £47.50
James I: The Masque of Monarchy
This is the third title in the prestigious
new English Monarchs series from the National Archives where
England's royal leaders are introduced through conptemporary
historical documents. Each volume contains a narrartive history
of the reign illustrated through state papers, personal correspondence
and other historical documents created at the time and now preserved
mainly at the National Archives.
Few monarchs have ascended the English
throne amid as much eulogy and rejoicing as James I when he
came to his English Kingdom in 1603. There was good reason for
it. James brought a ready-made, legitimate dynasty to a nation
which had spent much of the previous century agonising about
the succession. The eulogies continued throughout his reign
and after his death. However for every line of flattery there
was also one of malicious gossip and this mixture has made his
reign very difficult to evaluate fairly.
The popular view of James today is likely
to be negative, focused on his personal habits such as his stutter,
his extravagant spending and his demonstrative homosexual behaviour,
rather than his competence as King. This book looks beneath
the flattery and above the gossip by going back to the first
hand evidence: original papers and letters held at the National
Archives. A lively narrative sets this unique material in context
and provides a fresh, balanced survey of England's first Stuart
Historical documents include:
Shakespeare and his company at James'
James authorising the torture of Guy Fawkes
James intervening in a witchcraft trial
Pocahontas at James court
Paperback - ISBN: 1903365562 - October
Elizabeth I: The Golden Reign of Gloriana
This is the launch title in a prestigious new series introducing England's royal heritage through the very stuff of history itself: priceless original papers, letters and other documents, mostly held at the National Archives.
Offering a fresh perspective on the immensely popular area of Tudor history, this first title deals with the reign of Elizabeth I, perhaps England's greatest monarch. Sixteenth-century documents, many in Elizabeth's own hand, are reproduced in full colour, sometimes for the first time. Items are included which cover all aspects of her long and eventful reign, from her relationshsips with key members of her court and the problematic Mary Queen of Scots to the legendary victory in 1588 against the Spanish Armada. Each key document is beautifully reproduced in a double-page spread which also includes an extended contextualising caption and a modern transcription where necessary. The original sources are woven together by a brief narrative history of the reign, fully illustrated in colour with portraits, photographs and other material from the archives.
Historical documents include:
Elizabeth's first speech as Queen, 20 November 1558
Proclamation declaring the death sentence against Mary Queen of Scots, 4th December 1586
James intervening in a witchcraft trial
The 'Last Letter' from the Earl of Leicester, the Queen's favourite, to Elizabeth, 29 August 1588
Paperback - ISBN: 1903365430 - March 2003 - £14.99
Elizabeth I: The Competition for
Elizabeth I is perhaps the most visible
woman in early modern Europe, yet little attention has been paid
to what she said about the difficulties of constructing her power
in a patriarchal society. Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation
examines her struggle for authority through the representation of
her female body. Frye's method is to provide historical accounts
of three representational crises spaced fifteen years apart: the
London coronation entry of 1559, the Kenilworth entertainments of
1575, and the publication of The Faerie Queene in 1590. In ways
which varied with social class and historical circumstance, the
London merchants, the members of the Protestant faction, courtly
artists and artful courtiers all sought to stabilize their own gendered
identities by constructing the queen within the 'natural' definitions
of feminine as passive and weak. Elizabeth fought back, acting as
a discursive agent by crossing and then disrupting these definitions.
She and those closely identified with her interests evolved a number
of strategies through which to express her control of the government
as the ownership of her body, including her elaborate iconography
and a mythic biography upon which most accounts of Elizabeth's life
have been based. The more authoritative her image became, the more
violently it was contested in a process which this book examines
and consciously perpetuates.
This perceptive and innovative study of
one of the most visible and powerful women in European history offers
an unusual focus: Queen Elizabeth I's difficulty in constructing
her power in a patriarchal society. Through the examination of three
crises of allegorical representation in her reign this study traces
by literary and historical means the queen's struggle to retain
control over the iconography of both her physical self and her political
domain. `impressively researched ... a book with many good things
in it, and the introduction especially is a lucid critique of and
response to work in the field' - Times
Elizabeth: an Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy
Michael Dobson and Nicola J.
No monarch is more glamorous or more controversial
than Elizabeth I. The stories by which successive generations have
sought to extol, explain, or excoriate Elizabeth supply a rich index
to the cultural history of English nationalism - whether they represent
her as Anne Boleyn's suffering orphan or as the implacable nemesis
of Mary, Queen of Scots, as learned stateswoman or as frustrated
lover, persecuted princess or triumphant warrior queen. This book
examines the many afterlives the Virgin Queen has lived in drama,
poetry, fiction, painting, propaganda, and the cinema over the four
centuries since her death, from the aspiringly epic to the frankly
kitsch. Exploring the Elizabeths of Shakespeare and Spenser, of
Sophia Lee and Sir Walter Scott, of Bette Davis and of Glenda Jackson,
of Shakespeare in Love and Blackadder II, this is a lively, lavishly-illustrated
investigation of England's perennial fascination with a queen who
is still engaged in a posthumous progress through the collective
pysche of her country.
'... the pictures wonderfully illustrate her incarnations.
England's Elizabeth dazzles.' - The
'Their book is an excellent example of a distinctly
modern (indeed post modern) genre of biographical writing Dobson
and Watson are balanced and incisive Jonathan Bate' -
The Sunday Telegraph
Hardback - ISBN: 0 198183 77 1 - November 2002
- £19.99 - 360 pp.
Wars: War, Government and Society in Tudor England, 1544-1604
Paul E.J. Hammer
'This is an excellent book which students
will find clear and helpful. It copes well with the familiar dilemma
of military history, dealing with the realities of combat but never
losing sight of their wider social, political and diplomatic contexts.'
- Steven Gunn, Merton College, Oxford
The human and financial cost of war between
1544 and 1604 strained English government and society to their limits.
Paul E. J. Hammer offers a new narrative of these wars which weaves
together developments on land and sea. Combining original work and
a synthesis of existing research, Hammer explores how the government
of Elizabeth I overhauled English strategy and weapons to create
forces capable of confronting the might of Habsburg Spain.
Hardback - ISBN: 0333919424 - July 2003 -£47.50
- 344 pp.
England of Elizabeth: the Structure of Society
A.L. Rowse, with a new introduction
by Christopher Haigh
[Rowse] was an extraordinary pioneer.' -
'Rowse's study is by far the best of Elizabethan
Society.' - New Statesman
'The most attractive and the greatest
age of England portrayed in detail as it actually was.' - Sunday
'I am above all glad that the most attractive
and the greatest age of England should be portrayed in detail
as it actually was, with shrewd but sympathetic comment.' -
G.M. Trevelyan, Sunday Times
'Mr Rowse's study is by far the best, the
most scholarly account, of Elizabethan Society.' - H.R. Trevor-Roper,
The Elizabethan Age is arguably that greatest
in English history. Furthermore it is not something dead and apart
from us: it is alive and all around us. England contains the visible
memorials of Elizabethan society: the houses they built; the objects
they cherished; the patterns they imposed upon the very landscape.
Rowse's classic study is a detailed account of that society and
tradition from the lowest social class to the men and women who
governed the realm.
This reissue of Rowse's famously vivid portrayal
of the Elizabethan world is complemented by a major introduction
from Christopher Haigh which offers both a reflection on Rowse's
masterpiece and an assessment of the Elizabethan Age.
Paperback - ISBN: 1403908125 - March 2003
- £17.99 - 632 pp.
Expansion of Elizabethan England
A.L. Rowse, with a new introduction
by Michael Portillo
'Dr Rowse has created a masterpiece on a
great subject.' - The Times Literary
'One of the major works of historical literature
to appear in our time.' - The New
'. . . Rowse's second volume of his The
Elizabethan Age brilliantly fulfils the high promise of its predecessor.'
- The Economist
Elizabethan society is arguably the most
successful in English history. The adventurers and merchants (as
well as the poets and playwrights) of that age are legendary. The
subject of this classic study by A.L. Rowse is that society's 'expansion'.
Elizabethan society expanded both physically (first into Cornwall,
then Ireland, then across the oceans to first contact with Russian,
the Canadian North and then the opening up of trade with India and
the Far East) and in terms of ideas and influence on international
affairs. Rowse argues that in the Elizabethan age we see the beginning
of England's huge impact upon the world.
Paperback - ISBN: 1403908133 - April 2003 - £17.99
- 472 pp.
Myth of Elizabeth
Susan Doran and Thomas S.
'This is an excellent collection. All the
essays are very strong and many are by noted scholars. This book
will find a wide readership.' - Carole Levin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
'A splendid and useful collection.' - Professor
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Oxford University
Elizabeth I is one of England's most admired
and celebrated rulers. She is also one of its most iconic. This
wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of essays examines the
origins and development of the image and myths that came to surround
the Virgin Queen. The essays question the prevailing assumptions
about the mythic Elizabeth and challenge the view that she was unanimously
celebrated in the literature and portraiture of the early modern
era. They explain how the most familiar myths surrounding the queen
developed from the concerns of her contemporaries and continue to
reverberate today. Published to mark the 400th anniversary of the
queen's death, this volume will appeal to all those with an interest
in the historiography of Elizabeth's reign and Elizabethan, and
Jacobean, poets and dramatists.
Paperback - ISBN: 0333930843 - February
2003 - £15.99 - 280 pp.
I as Icon, 1603 to 2003
Julia M. Walker
Surveying four-hundred years of British history,
Walker examines how the memory - the icon - of Queen Elizabeth has
been used as a marker for Englishness in disputes political and
social, in art, literature and popular culture. From her second
Westminster tomb to the pseudo-secret histories of the Restoration,
from Georgian ballads to Victorian paintings, biographies, children's
books, Suffragette banners, novels and films, trends in scholarship
and rubber bath ducks, the icon becomes more powerful as the idea
of Englishness becomes more arbitrary.
Hardback - ISBN:1403911991 - Forthcoming November
2003 - £25 - 256 pp.
Reign Of Elizabeth I
'A concise guide to Elizabeth's life, Levin's
book describes the Queen's complex web of alliances and personages,
without losing the reader. The Reign of Elizabeth is recommended
reading for anyone interested in a "user-friendly" look
at England's most famous queen.' - Renaissance Magazine
'...a brief, well-written overview of Elizabeth's
political, religious and cultural significance.' - Publisher's Weekly
The reign of Elizabeth I was marked by
political, religious and social change. Carole Levin evaluates Elizabeth
and the significance of her reign both in the context of her age
and our own, examining the increasing cultural diversity of Elizabethan
England and the impact of the reign of an unmarried queen on gender
expectations, as well as exploring the more traditional themes of
religion, foreign policy, plots and conspiracies.
Paperback - ISBN:0333658655 - October 2001 - £14.99
- 160 pp.
Patronage, Culture and Power: the
Early Cecils, 1558-1612
The Cecils were the dominant noble family in Elizabethan
and Jacobean England. William, Lord Burghley rose to power and great
wealth under Elizabeth I, then used his extensive patronage and
exceptional breadth of interests to advance the Cecils' remarkable
political and cultural pre-eminence. This wide-ranging collection
of essays draws on architectural and art history, court studies,
English literature, garden history, musicology, economic history,
and women's studies.
The extensive building programme of William,
Lord Burghley and his son Robert, Earl of Salisbury was the most
spectacular of the 16th and early 17th centuries, and much of it,
particularly Burghley House and Hatfield House, still survives.
Their encouragement of new processes of manufacturing was, like
their splendid houses, innovative, forward-looking and highly influential.
The Cecils were also innovative patrons
of the arts. They were pioneers in the vogue for collecting paintings;
patrons of musicians such as John Dowland and writers such as Ben
Jonson; and introduced new styles of Renaissance design into gardens
and interiors. The Cecil women, too, were influential in both political
and cultural spheres. The notable character of Mildred, Lord Burghley's
wife, and the marriage alliances and female courtiership of the
Cecil daughters are some of the themes explored in this refreshingly
inter-disciplinary collection of essays.
Hardback - ISBN: 0300091362 - January 2002 - £40.00/$65.00
- 306 pp.
Sir Francis Drake: the Queen's Pirate
In this lively and engaging new biography,
Harry Kelsey shatters the familiar image of Sir Francis Drake. The
Drake of legend was a pious, brave, and just seaman who initiated
the move to make England a great naval power and whose acts of piracy
against his country's enemies earned him a knighthood for patriotism.
Kelsey paints a different and far more interesting picture of Drake
as an amoral privateer at least as interested in lining his pockets
with Spanish booty as in forwarding the political goals of his country,
a man who became a captain general of the English navy, but never
waged traditional warfare with any success. Drawing on much new
evidence, Kelsey describes Drake's early life as the son of a poor
family in sixteenth-century England. He explains how Drake dabbled
in piracy, gained modest success as a merchant, and then took advantage
of the hostility between Spain and England to embark on a series
of daring pirate raids on undefended Spanish ships and ports, preempting
Spanish demands for punishment by sharing much of his booty with
the Queen and her councillors. Elizabeth I liked Drake because he
was a charming rogue, and she made him an integral part of her war
plans against Spain and its armada, but she quickly learned not
to trust him with an important command: he was unable to handle
a large fleet, was suspicious almost to the point of paranoia, and
had no understanding of personal loyalty. For Drake, the mark of
success was to amass great wealth - preferably by taking it from
someone else - and the primary purpose of warfare was to afford
him the opportunity to accomplish this.
Hardback - ISBN: 0300071825 - October 1998
- £22.50 - 592 pp.