The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture by Alexandra Gajda

The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture

byAlexandra Gajda

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In sixteenth-century England Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex, enjoyed great domestic and international renown as a favourite of Elizabeth I. He was a soldier and a statesman of exceptionally powerful ambition. After his disastrous uprising in 1601 Essex fell from the heights of fame andfavour, and ended his life as a traitor on the scaffold. This interdisciplinary account of the political culture of late Elizabethan England explores the ideological contexts of Essex's extraordinary career and fall from grace, and the intricate relationship between thought and action inElizabethan England. By the late sixteenth century, fundamental political models and vocabularies that were employed to legitimise the Elizabethan polity were undermined by the strains of war, the ambivalence that many felt towards the church, continued uncertainty over the succession, and the perceived weaknesses ofthe rule of the aging Elizabeth. Essex's career and revolt threw all of these strains into relief. Alexandra Gajda examines the attitude of the earl and his followers to war, religion, the structures of the Elizabethan polity, and Essex's role within it. She also explores the classical andhistorical scholarship prized by Essex and his associates that gave shape and meaning to the earl's increasingly fractured relationship with the Queen and regime. She addresses contemporary responses to the earl, both positive and negative, and the earl's wider impact on political culture. Politicaland religious ideas in late sixteenth-century England had an important impact on political events in early modern England, and played a vital role in shaping the rise and fall of Essex's career.

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Alexandra Gajda was a student at New College, Oxford University. After the completion of her doctorate in 2005 she was appointed Fulford Junior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford, and in 2006 was awarded the Institute of Historical Research Sir John Neale Prize for Tudor History. She has been Lecturer in early modern British ...

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Title:The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Essex Rising of 16012. Justifying War3. 'Profane pollicy'? Religion, Toleration, and the Politics of Succession4. Physician of the State: Essex and the Elizabethan Polity5. The Popular Traitor: Responses to Essex6. Scholars and Martialists: The Politics of History and ScholarshipConclusionBibliography