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Bad Queen Bess?: Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics of Publicity in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I

Peter Lake

Abstract

This book analyses the back and forth between the Elizabethan regime and various Catholic critics, who, from the early 1570s to the early 1590s, sought to characterize that regime as a conspiracy of evil counsel. Through a genre—the libellous secret history—novel to English political discourse, various (usually anonymous) Catholic authors claimed to reveal to the public what was ‘really happening’ behind the curtain of official lies and disinformation with which the clique of evil counsellors at the heart of the Elizabethan state habitually cloaked themselves. Elements within the regime, centr ... More

Keywords: Elizabeth I, Lord Burghley, Robert Parsons, William Allen, conspiracy theory, Catholic polemic, toleration, religious pluralism, libel, secret history, public politics, monarchical republicanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753995.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lake, author
University Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University