Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 2005 - History - 311 pages
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This book re-evaluates the nature of Elizabethan politics and Elizabeth's queenship in late sixteenth-century England, Wales and Ireland. Natalie Mears shows that Elizabeth took an active role in policy-making and suggests that Elizabethan politics has to be perceived in terms of personal relations between the queen and her advisors rather than of the hegemony of the privy council. She challenges current perceptions of political debate and, by providing the first survey of the nature of political debate outside the court, re-evaluates how historians have and should conceptualise the 'public sphere'.
 

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Contents

Elizabethan court politics and the public sphere
12
Elizabeth I and the politics of intimacy
33
Gender and consultation
73
News and political debate at the Elizabethan court
104
The circulation of news in the Elizabethan realms
145
The Elizabethan public sphere
183
Perceptions of Elizabeth and her queenship in public discourse
217
Conclusion
257
Selected bibliography
273
Index
305
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Page 6 - Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, trans. Thomas Burger with Frederick Lawrence and intro.

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Natalie Mears is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Durham. She has published in the Historical Journal and History.

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