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Description - Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms by Natalie Mears

This book re-evaluates the nature of Elizabethan politics and Elizabeth's queenship in late sixteenth-century England, Wales and Ireland. Natalie Mears shows that Elizabeth took an active role in policy-making and suggests that Elizabethan politics has to be perceived in terms of personal relations between the queen and her advisers rather than of the hegemony of the privy council. She challenges current perceptions of political debate at court as restricted and integrates recent research on court drama and religious ritual into the wider context of political debate. Finally, providing a survey of the nature of political debate outside the court, Dr Mears challenges seminal work by Jurgen Habermas, as well as of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century historians, by showing that a 'public sphere' existed in late sixteenth-century England, Wales and Ireland. In doing so, she re-evaluates how sociologists and historians have, and should, conceptualize the 'public sphere'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521093132
ISBN-10: 0521093139
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Natalie Mears

Natalie Mears is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Durham. She has published in the Historical Journal and History.