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Counsel and Command in Early Modern English Thought


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  • Date Published: September 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108748254

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  • While it has often been recognised that counsel formed an essential part of the political discourse in early modern England, the precise role that it occupied in the development of political thinking has remained obscure. This comprehensive and rigorous study of early modern English political counsel establishes the importance of the relationship between political counsel and the discourse of sovereignty. Tracing the changes and evolution of writings on political counsel during the 'monarchy of counsel', from the end of the Wars of the Roses to the end of the English Civil War, Joanne Paul examines English thought in its domestic and transnational context, providing an original account of the relationship between counsel and emerging conceptions of sovereignty. Formed at the conjunction of the history of political thought and English political history, this book grounds textual analysis within the context of court politics, intellectual and patronage networks, and diplomacy.

    • The first comprehensive exploration of early modern English political counsel in the Tudor and Stuart periods
    • Goes beyond the traditional 'canonical' thinkers in the history of political thought by considering a broader range of political commentators and actors in this period
    • Suggests a new understanding of the origins of a modern politics of sovereignty in the early modern discourse of counsel
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    'This is an impressive survey of political philosophy … This thoughtful survey covers a great deal of ground on topics of varying levels of familiarity.' J. T. Rosenthal, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108748254
    • length: 265 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.362kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. The humanist counsellor
    2. The right timing of counsel
    Part II:
    3. Machiavellian counsel
    4. Political prudence
    5. Late Tudor counsellors
    Part III:
    6. Reason of state and the counsellor
    7. Counsel, command and the Stuarts.

  • Author

    Joanne Paul, University of Sussex
    Joanne Paul is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex where her research currently focuses on Thomas More's Utopia, as well as the Dudley family during the reign of the Tudors. Winner of the 2014 Sir John Neale Prize for Tudor History, she is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is the author of Thomas More (2016), and numerous articles in journals such as Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies and Hobbes Studies.

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