HIST 251 - Lecture 11 - The Elizabethan "Monarchical Republic": Political Participation

Lecture 11 - The Elizabethan "Monarchical Republic": Political Participation


In this lecture Professor Wrightson provides an overview of central political issues of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He discusses the Queen's personal character and identity-forming experiences (and the challenges posed by her gender), the manner in which she interacted with her political advisors (notably William Cecil) and addresses the foreign and domestic crises which impacted her rule (such as the ongoing threat posed by the claims of Mary, Queen of Scots to the English throne and England's increasingly tense relationship with Spain). In particular, Professor Wrightson highlights the shifts in political culture which occurred during the period, as ideas concerning political participation and the role of institutions such as Parliament expanded. He introduces Patrick Collinson's notion of the Elizabethan regime as something of a "monarchical republic," with the Queen exercising power in cooperation with political stakeholders whose ideas about governance were informed by both their Protestant convictions and classical political principles.


Guy, The Tudor Monarchy
- Chapter 4: Collinson, "The Monarchial Republic of Queen Elizabeth I" 
- Chapter 14: Elton, "Tudor Government: The Points of Contact I, the Parliament"

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