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The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture

Alexandra Gajda


In sixteenth‐century England, Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex, enjoyed great renown: a favourite of Elizabeth I, Essex was a privy councillor and general of exceptionally powerful ambition, who scaled the heights of favour and fame. The earl was expected by many throughout Europe to play a key role in the succession, and to act as kingmaker on the death of Elizabeth. Instead, Essex ended his life as a traitor on the scaffold, following his disastrous uprising in 1601. This book explores the ideological contexts of Essex’s extraordinary career, and the intricate relationship between thought ... More

Keywords: sixteenth‐century England, earl of Essex, Elizabeth I, Elizabethan polity, Elizabethan church, religion; revolt, succession, political ideas, historical scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199699681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Gajda, author
Lecturer in early modern British history, University of Birmingham