Peter Lake's Bad Queen Bess?: Libellous Politics, Secret Histories and PDF

By Peter Lake

ISBN-10: 0198753993

ISBN-13: 9780198753995

Bad Queen Bess? analyses the from side to side among the Elizabethan regime and diverse Catholic critics, who, from the early 1570s to the early 1590s, sought to symbolize that regime as a conspiracy of evil information. via a style novel - the libellous mystery background - to English political discourse, a number of (usually nameless) Catholic authors claimed to bare to the general public what was once "really occurring" behind the scenes of professional lies and disinformation with which the clique of evil counsellors on the middle of the Elizabethan country habitually cloaked their sinister maneuvers. components in the regime, concentrated on William Cecil and his circle, answered to those attacks with their very own species of plot speak and libellous mystery historical past, focusing on conspiracy-driven money owed of the Catholic, Marian, after which, latterly, Spanish threats.

Peter Lake offers a chain of (mutually constitutive) strikes and counter strikes, during which the regime's claims to symbolize a sort of public political advantage, to talk for the commonweal and actual faith, elicited from convinced Catholic critics a easily inverted rhetoric of personal political vice, persecution, and tyranny. The ensuing exchanges are learn not just as a species of "political thought," yet as a manner of puzzling over politics as technique and of distinguishing among "politics" and "religion." also they are analyzed as modes of political verbal exchange and pitch-making - concerning print, circulating manuscripts, functionality, and rumor - and hence as constitutive of an emergent mode of "public politics" and maybe of a "post reformation public sphere." whereas the point of interest is essentially English, the origins and imbrication of those texts inside of, and their direct handle to, wider eu occasions and audiences is usually current. the purpose is hence to give a contribution concurrently to the political, cultural, highbrow, and spiritual histories of the period.

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2 John Guy, My heart is my own (London, 2004), p. 437. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 11/05/2015, SPi 20 Bad Queen Bess? books’3 written during the 1560s against Mary’s right to the English throne. e. 5 It addressed front and centre not only ‘the death of her [Mary’s] late husband’, Lord Darnley, of which, Leslie lamented, many had ‘most falsely and unjustly’ accused the queen,6 but also the ‘no small number of slanderous articles’ brought against Mary at York and Westminster. 7 Leslie’s whole approach was predicated on the vicious either/or logic established by the proceedings at York and then at Westminster.

2 John Guy, My heart is my own (London, 2004), p. 437. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 11/05/2015, SPi 20 Bad Queen Bess? books’3 written during the 1560s against Mary’s right to the English throne. e. 5 It addressed front and centre not only ‘the death of her [Mary’s] late husband’, Lord Darnley, of which, Leslie lamented, many had ‘most falsely and unjustly’ accused the queen,6 but also the ‘no small number of slanderous articles’ brought against Mary at York and Westminster. 7 Leslie’s whole approach was predicated on the vicious either/or logic established by the proceedings at York and then at Westminster.

29 On this account, the popish threat was ubiquitous, to be found even inside the hierarchies of the local and national state. Cathedral churches are stuffed with them, as dens of thieves; they are in offices; the meaner sort depend upon them and, partly by example and partly by common desire to creep into favour of their superiors, and partly also for that the great ones are loath to have other about them, are perilously infected. The very spies and promoters of queen Mary’s time, without change of their opinion, are cherished and mark men against another day.

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