Bad Queen Bess?: Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics by Peter Lake

By Peter Lake

undesirable Queen Bess? analyses the backward and forward among the Elizabethan regime and numerous Catholic critics, who, from the early 1570s to the early 1590s, sought to characterise that regime as a conspiracy of evil counsel. via a style novel - the libellous mystery heritage - to English political discourse, quite a few (usually nameless) Catholic authors claimed to bare to the general public what was once 'really taking place' backstage of legitimate lies and
disinformation with which the clique of evil counsellors on the center of the Elizabethan country habitually cloaked their sinister manoeuvres. parts in the regime, focused on William Cecil and his circle, responded to those attacks with their very own species of plot speak and libellous mystery heritage, specialising in
conspiracy-driven money owed of the Catholic, Marian, after which, latterly, Spanish threats.

Peter Lake provides 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 real 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 puzzling over politics as strategy and of distinguishing between
'politics' and 'religion'. also they are analysed as modes of political verbal exchange and pitch-making - related to print, circulating manuscripts, functionality, and hearsay - and therefore as constitutive of an emergent mode of 'public politics' and maybe of a 'post reformation public sphere'. whereas the
focus is essentially English, the origins and imbrication of those texts inside of, 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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