Challenging accepted notions of Elizabethan foreign policy, Gehring argues that the Queenâ€™s relationship with the Protestant Princes of the Holy Roman Empire was more of a success than has been previously thought. Based on extensive archival research, he contends that the enthusiastic and continual correspondence and diplomatic engagement between Elizabeth and these Protestant allies demonstrate a deeply held sympathy between the English Church and State and those of Germany and Denmark.
Introduction: Elizabethan England and the German Question 1. The Elizabethan Settlement and Anglo-German Policy in the First Years 2. Foedus et Fractio I: The Fortunes and Challenges of Anglo-German Diplomacy, 1560-76 3. Foedus et Fractio II: The Formula of Concord and the Protestant League, 1577-80 4. Foedus et Fractio III: The Confessional Realignment of Anglo-German Relations, 1580-86 5 Foedus et Fractio IV: The Crescendo of European Conflict and the Changing of the Guard, 1587-92 Conclusion: England and the Protestant Princes of the Empire