Elizabeth I and Her Circle

Hardcover | March 13, 2015

bySusan Doran

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This is the inside story of Elizabeth I's inner circle and the crucial human relationships which lay at the heart of her personal and political life. Using a wide range of original sources - including private letters, portraits, verse, drama, and state papers - Susan Doran provides a vivid andoften dramatic account of political life in Elizabethan England and the queen at its centre, offering a deeper insight into Elizabeth's emotional and political conduct - and challenging many of the popular myths that have grown up around her. It is a story replete with fascinating questions. What was the true nature of Elizabeth's relationship with her father, Henry VIII, especially after his execution of her mother? What was the influence of her step-mothers on Elizabeth's education and religious beliefs? How close was she really to herhalf-brother Edward VI - and were relations with her half-sister Mary really as poisonous as is popularly assumed? And what of her relationship with her Stewart cousins, most famously with Mary Queen of Scots, executed on Elizabeth's orders in 1587, but also with Mary's son James VI of Scotland,later to succeed Elizabeth as her chosen successor?Elizabeth's relations with her family were crucial, but almost as crucial were her relations with her courtiers and her councillors (her "men of business"). Here again, the story unravels a host of fascinating questions. Was the queen really sexually jealous of her maids of honour? What does herlong and intimate relationship with the Earl of Leicester reveal about her character, personality, and attitude to marriage? What can the fall of Essex tell us about Elizabeth's political management in the final years of her reign? And what was the true nature of her personal and politicalrelationship with influential and long-serving councillors such as the Cecils and Sir Francis Walsingham?

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This is the inside story of Elizabeth I's inner circle and the crucial human relationships which lay at the heart of her personal and political life. Using a wide range of original sources - including private letters, portraits, verse, drama, and state papers - Susan Doran provides a vivid andoften dramatic account of political life in...

Susan Doran teaches at St Benet's Hall and is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. She has published numerous books on Tudor history, including most recently The Tudor Chronicles (2008). Her work has included consultancies for the media, and she has edited catalogues for three major exhibitions in London. She has regularl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:March 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Kin1. Parents and siblings2. Suffolk Cousins3. Mary Queen of Scots4. James VI of ScotlandPart II: Courtiers5. 'Eyes': Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester6. 'Lids': Sir Christopher Hatton7. Her 'moste humble vassall': Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex8. 'The women who serve'Part III: Councillors9. 'Sir Spirit': Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley10. 'Her Moor: Sir Francis Walsingham11. 'Pygmy': Sir Robert CecilSome ConclusionsBibliographyNotesIndex

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"One of the best Elizabethan historians writing today has come up with a brilliant new approach to the Queen and her reign, achieving fresh insights into Elizabeth through her relationships with the people who mattered most to her. Doran understands that such relationships were almost alwayspolitical as well as personal, and her shrewd analysis brings the Queen, her court, and her government into sharp focus. The leading characters of the Elizabethan age come vividly to life, making this book essential reading for both professional historians and everyone who enjoys gripping historicalwriting." --Helen Hackett, author of Shakespeare and Elizabeth: The Meeting of Two Myths