1st Edition

English Historical Documents 1558–1603

ISBN 9780415350976
Published June 29, 2011 by Routledge
1392 Pages

USD $605.00

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Book Description

Praise for the series:

‘Perhaps the most important historical undertaking of our age... one of the most valuable historical works ever produced.’

Times Literary Supplement

‘A landmark in the field of historical endeavour... the most admirable collection of sources on English history that exists.’

American Historical Review


English Historical Documents is the most ambitious, impressive and comprehensive collection of primary documents on English history ever published. The volumes have each become landmark publications in their own fields.

This long awaited volume covers 1558-1603, the reign of Elizabeth I, when government, culture, religion and foreign policy all underwent profound change. This volume includes informative introductory pieces for the parts and sections and editorial comment is directed towards making sources intelligible rather than drawing conclusions from them. Opening with an introductory section which contextualises the accession of Elizabeth to the throne, the volume covers all key aspects of the Elizabethan period, including:


Social and economic structures

The marriage question and the problem of the succession

Family and household

Cultural life

The Church and religious affairs

Elizabethan wars

Overseas trade and exploration

Crime and disorder

The format of the series has been updated and the documents gathered here encompass the most up to date approaches to the material.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgments  1.1 Accession  1.2 Religious Settlement  1.3 Economic Settlement  1.4 Scotland  1.5 Marriage and Succession  1.6 Enforcing the Settlement  1.7 Beginnings of Puritanism  1.8 Crisis of 1568-72  2.1 Monarchy and the Court  2.2 Projecting Power  2.3 Parliament  2.4 Crown Finances  2.5 Law  2.6 Local Government  2.7 Militia  3.1 Social Structure  3.2 Family and Household  3.3 Domestic Economy  3.4 Overseas Trade and Exploration  3.5 Cultural Life  3.6 Poverty and Welfare  3.7 Crime  3.8 London  4.1 State of the Church  4.2 Catholicism  4.3 Puritan Challenge  4.4. Religious Radicals  4.5 Anjou  4.6 Ireland  4.7 The Problem with Mary  4.8 The Armada Crisis  5.1 Politics in the 1590s  5.2 The Burdens of War  5.3 Poverty and Crime  5.4 Catholics Divided  5.5 Puritanism Contained  5.6 The Irish Denoument  5.7 Succession  5.8 The End of the Regime  Bibliography Primary   Bibliography Secondary 


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Ian W. Archer is Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and General Editor of the Royal Historical Society’s Bibliography.

F. Douglas Price was a distinguished historian of Elizabethan England and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.