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1st Edition

The Elizabethan World

ISBN 9780415712972
Published July 10, 2013 by Routledge
736 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated collection of essays conveys a vivid picture of a fascinating and hugely significant period in history. Featuring contributions from thirty-eight international scholars, the book takes a thematic approach to a period which saw the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the explorations of Francis Drake and Walter Ralegh, the establishment of the Protestant Church, the flourishing of commercial theatre and the works of Edmund Spencer, Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare.

Encompassing social, political, cultural, religious and economic history, and crossing several disciplines, The Elizabethan World depicts a time of transformation, and a world order in transition. Topics covered include central and local government; political ideas; censorship and propaganda; parliament, the Protestant Church, the Catholic community; social hierarchies; women; the family and household; popular culture, commerce and consumption; urban and rural economies; theatre; art; architecture; intellectual developments ; exploration and imperialism; Ireland, and the Elizabethan wars. The volume conveys a vivid picture of how politics, religion, popular culture, the world of work and social practices fit together in an exciting world of change, and will be invaluable reading for all students and scholars of the Elizabethan period.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Susan Doran and Norman Jones  Part 1: Governance and Politics  2 Governing Norman Jones  3. Elizabeth Susan Doran  4. Council Natalie Mears 5 Court William Tighe  6. Political Ideas Anne McLaren  7. Parliament David Dean  8. Centre and Localities J.P.D. Cooper  9. Parish Government H.R. French  10. Censorship and Propaganda Cyndia Susan Clegg  11. Ireland: Security and Conquest David Edwards  Part 2: Religion  12. New Wine into Old Bottles: The Doctrine and Structure of the Elizabethan Church Brett Usher  13. Parish Religion John Craig  14. The Godly, Godlier, and Godliest Peter Kaufman  15 The Catholic Community William J. Sheils  Part 3: Society  16. Social Hierarchies Susan D. Amussen  17. Nobility and Gentry Janet Dickinson  18. Poverty and the Poor Laws Steve Hindle  19. Tudor Troubles: Problems of Youth in Elizabethan England Paul Griffiths  20. Women Tim Stretton  21.  Family and Household Alexandra Shepard  22. Rebellion and Disorder K.J. Kesselring  Part 4: Economy  2. Commonwealth Discourse and Economic Thought: The Morality of Exchange David Harris Sacks  24. Commerce and Consumption Ian Archer  25. Urban Economies Muriel C. McClendon and Joseph Ward  26. Rural economies under stress: ‘a world so altered’ Richard Hoyle  Part 5: Culture  27. Who killed Robin Hood? Martin Ingram  28. Witchcraft and the Devil Darren Oldridge  29. News Joad Raymond  30. Educational and Intellectual Developments Freyja Cox Jensen  31. Theatre Lawrence Manley  32. Poetry Steven W. May  33. The Visual Arts Richard L. Williams  34. Architecture Tara Hamling  Part 6: The Outside World  35. England and Europe 1558-85 David Potter  36. The Catholic Threat and the Military Response Paul E. J. Hammer  37. Exploration, Trade, and Empire Ken MacMillan  38. Awareness and Experiences of the Outside World Matthew Dimmock

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Susan Doran is a Senior Research Fellow in History at Jesus College, Oxford. She has written widely on the politics of the Elizabethan period, including Monarchy and Matrimony: The Courtships if Elizabeth I (1996) and Queen Elizabeth I (2004). She also edited the catalogue of the exhibition to commemorate the death of Elizabeth I held at the National Maritime Museum in 2003.  

Norman Jones is Professor and Chair of History at Utah State University. His many publications include The Birth of the Elizabethan Age: England in the 1560s (1992) and The English Reformation: Religion and Cultural Adaptation (2002). He is also co-editor of A Companion to Tudor Britain (2004).