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Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I : Queen and Commonwealth 1558-1585 - A. N. McLaren

Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I

Queen and Commonwealth 1558-1585

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In this major contribution to Ideas in Context Anne McLaren explores the consequences for English political culture when, with the accession of Elizabeth I, imperial 'kingship' came to be invested in the person of a female ruler. She looks at how Elizabeth managed to be queen, in the face of considerable male opposition, and demonstrates how that opposition was enacted. Dr McLaren argues that during Elizabeth's reign men were able to accept the rule of a woman partly by inventing a new definition of 'citizen', one that made it an exclusively male identity, and she emphasizes the continuities between Elizabeth's reign and the outbreak of the English civil wars in the seventeenth century. A significant work of cultural history informed by political thought, Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I offers a wholesale reinterpretation of the political dynamics of the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

'... McLaren is to be congratulated for her important achievement. by thoroughly excavating the gendered nature of political discourse in Elizabethan England; she has made a significant contribution to the reevaluation of the political culture and thought of the period.' Markku Peltonen, University of Helsinki '... in dealing with such a wide variety of sources and commentators, McLaren places her work at the intersection of some of the most important themes in sixteenth-century English history.' Parliamentary History

Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
'To be Deborah': the political implications of providentialism under a female rulerp. 12
The debate over headshipp. 12
Restored Protestantism and the English Deborahp. 23
The queen and the regimep. 31
The incorporated crown: Privy Councillors and the queenp. 36
Conclusionp. 43
Announcing the godly common weal: Knox, Aylmer and the parameters of counselp. 46
A queen called by God: John Knox's First Blast of the Trumpetp. 49
Inaugurating the 'mixed monarchy': John Aylmer's reflections on female rulep. 59
Conclusion: counsel and sovereignty in the godly nationp. 69
Feats of incorporation: the ideological bases of the mixed monarchyp. 75
Counsel, consent and conscience: the common goodp. 77
Commonwealth ideologyp. 80
Conquest and consent: the Marian legacyp. 90
Incorporating the queenp. 99
Conclusionp. 103
Contesting the social order: 'resistance theory' and the mixed monarchyp. 105
Defining a godly social order: Ponet, Goodman and gendered kingshipp. 108
Redefining the social order: Laurence Humphrey's apologetical worksp. 120
Conclusion: nobility and virility in the countryp. 131
Godly men and nobles: the bicephalic body politicp. 134
Queen and counsel in the bicephalic body politicp. 137
Officers and nobles in the godly nationp. 143
Speech acts in the mixed monarchyp. 150
Conclusionp. 157
Godly men and parliamentarians: the politics of counsel in the 1570sp. 161
John Hooker's Order and Usagep. 164
Contesting consent: speech acts in parliament, 1571-1572p. 171
'Le Roigne se avisera'p. 184
Coda: Peter Wentworth's speech, 1576p. 189
Conclusion: sovereignty and prerogativep. 194
Rewriting the common weal: Sir Thomas Smith and the De Republica Anglorump. 198
Sir Thomas Smith and the De Republica Anglorump. 203
Delineating the commonwealthp. 207
Queenship in the commonwealthp. 214
De Republica Anglorum and the 1580sp. 220
Conclusionp. 227
Afterwordp. 235
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780521651448
ISBN-10: 0521651441
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.59