By Peter Lake
Bad Queen Bess? analyses the from side to side among the Elizabethan regime and numerous Catholic critics, who, from the early 1570s to the early 1590s, sought to represent 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 used to be "really taking place" backstage of reputable lies and disinformation with which the clique of evil counsellors on the middle of the Elizabethan kingdom habitually cloaked their sinister maneuvers. components in the regime, concentrated on William Cecil and his circle, spoke back 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 provides a sequence 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 precise faith, elicited from yes 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 fashion of wondering politics as method and of distinguishing among "politics" and "religion." also they are analyzed as modes of political conversation and pitch-making - regarding print, circulating manuscripts, functionality, and rumor - and therefore as constitutive of an emergent mode of "public politics" and maybe of a "post reformation public sphere." whereas the focal point is essentially English, the origins and imbrication of those texts inside, and their direct tackle to, wider eu occasions and audiences is usually current. the purpose is therefore to give a contribution concurrently to the political, cultural, highbrow, and spiritual histories of the period.
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39v. , fol. 39v. , fol. 40v. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 11/05/2015, SPi 34 Bad Queen Bess? Elsewhere he was equally scathing about attempts to create the impression that the provenance of the pamphlet was Scottish, rather than English, through the repeated used the Scottish word ‘quilk’. 77 In short both authors were guilty of broaching prince’s causes before the people. And while both denied the legitimacy of so doing, both justified their own activities in that regard with reference to the libellous activities of the other side.
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.
Biiii v. , sigs. Miii v– iiii r. , sig. O2r. 33 On Norton’s account, then, the enemies of both the queen and the Protestant state included not only those c/overt papists justly subject to state repression but also anyone who urged more moderate, tolerant, or ‘merciful’ courses upon the queen. 35 Writing in the aftermath of the northern rebellion, Norton claimed that anyone who now sought to ‘insinuate or to give any advice to stay the true and perfect searching of the bottom of these treasons, to forebear the full destruction of the root thereof or to extenuate her majesty’s peril’ was a part, not of the solution, but of the problem itself.
Bad Queen Bess?: Libellous Politics, Secret Histories and the Politics of Publicity in Elizabethan England by Peter Lake