Proceedings in the Parliaments of Elizabeth I is a major project which aims to make available the source materials collected by the late Professor Sir John Neale in the course of writing his classic work, Elizabeth I and her Parliaments. Neale had long hoped that the full richness of these sources - of which he made only partial use - would be made widely known. The documents cover a broader range of topics, notably of economic and social interest, than Neale dealt with in his study, and also reflect the preoccupation of individual localities with their own particular interests.
Following the success of Volumes I and II, this long-awaited third volume covers the proceedings in the parliaments of Elizabeth I between 1593 and 1601.
The documents are presented in two categories: 'separates', including single speeches, drafts, petitions and so on; and journals of individual sessions of parliament kept by private members, both named and anonymous. Each parliamentary session is treated as an individual entity. In addition to a general introduction and extensive index, Dr. Hartley provides introductory matter for each session, together with annotations to each documents.
Contemporary spelling has been preserved throughout, but punctuation is provided where necessary.
Part 1 The fifth parliament - 23 November 1584-29 March 1585: House of Lords; House of Commons; journals. Part 2 The sixth parliament - 29 October 1586-23 March 1587: House of Lords; House of Commons; journals. Part 3 The seventh parliament - 4 February-29 March 1589: House of Lords; House of Commons; journals.