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 at court as restricted and integrates recent research on court drama and religious ritual into the wider context of political debate.
1. Elizabethan court politics and the public sphere; 2. Elizabeth I and the politics of intimacy; 3. Gender and consultation; 4. News and political debate at the Elizabethan court; 5. The circulation of news in the Elizabethan realms; 6. The Elizabethan public sphere; 7. Perceptions of Elizabeth and her queenship in public discourse; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.
"This book by Natalie Mears represents a deliberate effort both to acknowledge the main intellectual trends that have shaped Elizabethan political history over the past ten or twenty years and to connect these perspectives in a fresh way...There is much in this book that is admirable and will interest scholars of early modern politics."
-Paul E. J. Hammer, University of St Andrews, Journal of Modern History
"This work is well written, thoroughly researched, and filled with ideas that tempt the scholar to further exploration." --Clifton W. Potter Jr., Lynchburg College