The Monarchical Republic of Early Modern England: Essays in Response to Patrick Collinson

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Professor John F McDiarmid
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jun 28, 2013 - History - 320 pages
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With its challenging, paradoxical thesis that Elizabethan England was a 'republic which happened also to be a monarchy', Patrick Collinson's 1987 essay 'The Monarchical Republic of Queen Elizabeth I' instigated a proliferation of research and lively debate about quasi-republican aspects of Tudor and Stuart England.

In this volume, a distinguished international group of scholars examines the idea of the 'monarchical republic' from the 1530s to the 1640s, and tests the concept from a variety of points of view. New suggestions are advanced about the pattern of development of quasi-republican tendencies and of opposition to them, and about their relation to the politics of earlier and later periods.

A number of essays focus on the political activity of leading figures at court; several analyse political life in towns or rural areas; others discuss education, rhetoric, linguistic thought and reading practices, poetic and dramatic texts, the relations of politics to religious conflict, gendered conceptions of the monarchy, and 'monarchical republicanism' in the new American colonies. Differing positions in the scholarly debate about early modern English republicanism are represented, and fresh archival research advances the study of quasi-republican elements in early modern English politics.

 

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Contents

Conflicting Views of Participatory Local
19
Sir William Cecil Sir Thomas Smith and the Monarchical
37
Common Consent Latinitas and the Monarchical Republic
55
The Political Creed of William Cecil
75
Let none such office take save he that can for right
91
Rhetoric and Citizenship in the Monarchical Republic
109
The Monarchical Republic of Queen Elizabeth I and
129
The Political Significance of the First Tetralogy
149
James
165
The Mental World
181
English and Roman Liberty in the Monarchical Republic
201
American Corruption
217
The Monarchical Republic Enthroned
233
Bibliography
261
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John F. McDiarmid is Associate Professor Emeritus of British and American Literature at New College of Florida, USA.

John F. McDiarmid, Ethan H. Shagan, Dale Hoak, Stephen Alford, Scott Lucas, Markku Peltonen, Peter Lake, Andrew Hadfield, Anne McLaren, Richard Cust, Johann P. Sommerville, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Quentin Skinner, Patrick Collinson.

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