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The Later Elizabethan Age: Politics and Empire, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Professor Stephen Alford
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 Archer, I. W., and F. Douglas Price (eds.), English Historical Documents, 1558-1603 (London and New York, 2011)    

Ayres, W. (ed.), The Letters of Lord Burghley, William Cecil, to his Son Sir Robert Cecil, 1593-1598, Camden Society, 5th ser., 53 (Cambridge, 2017)    

Bacon, F., Collected Works, ed. J. Spedding et al., 14 vols (London, 1857-74)  

Birdwood, G., and W. Foster (eds.), The Register of Letters etc. of the Governour and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies, 1600-1619 (London, 1893)

Bruce, J. (ed.), Correspondence of King James VI of Scotland with Sir Robert Cecil and others in England, Camden Society, orig. ser., 78 (Westminster, 1861)

Foster, W. (ed.), The Travels of John Sanderson in the Levant, 1584-1602, Hakluyt Society, 2nd ser., 67 (1931)

[Hailes, Lord], The Secret Correspondence of Sir Robert Cecil with James VI King of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1761) 

Hammer, P. E. J. (ed.), ‘Letters from Sir Robert Cecil to Sir Christopher Hatton, 1590-1591’, in Religion, Politics, and Society in Sixteenth-Century England, ed. I. W. Archer, Camden Society, 5th ser., 22 (Cambridge, 2003), 197-267

Harington, Sir John, A Tract on the Succession to the Crown (AD 1602), ed. C. R. Markham, Roxburghe Club (London, 1880)

Hartley, T. E. (ed.), Proceedings in the Parliaments of Elizabeth I, 3 vols (Leicester, 1981-95) [vol. i, 1558-81; vol. ii, 1584-9; vol. ii, 1593-1601]

Hughes, P. L., and J. F. Larkin (eds.), Tudor Royal Proclamations, 3 vols (New Haven and London, 1964-9) [vol. iii, 1588-1603]  

Maclean, J. (ed.), Letters from Sir Robert Cecil to Sir George Carew, Camden Society, orig. ser., 88 (Westminster, 1864)

McClure, N. E., The Letters of John Chamberlain, 2 vols (Philadelphia, 1939) Available online at

Manning, J. J. (ed.), The First and Second Parts of John Hayward’s The Life and Raigne of King Henrie IIII, Camden Society, 4th ser., 42 (London, 1991)

Mares, F. H. (ed.), The Memoirs of Robert Carey (Oxford, 1972)

Murdin, W. (ed.), A Collection of State Papers (London, 1759) 

Nichols, J., John Nichols’s The Progresses and Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, ed. E. Goldring et al., 5 vols (Oxford, 2014) [vol. i, 1533-71; vol. ii, 1572-8; vol. iii, 1579-95; vol. iv, 1596-1603; vol. v, appendices, bibliography and index]  

Petti, A. G. (ed.), The Letters and Despatches of Richard Verstegan (c.1550-1640), Catholic Record Society (London, 1959)

Stevens, H. (ed.), The Dawn of British Trade to the East Indies: As recorded in the Court Minutes of the East India Company, 1599-1603 (London, 1886)

Taylor, E. G. R. (ed.), The Original Writings and Correspondence of the Two Richard Hakluyts, 2 vols, Hakluyt Society, 2nd ser., 76, 77 (London, 1935; repr. Nendeln, 1967)



Adams, S., Leicester and the Court: Essays on Elizabethan Politics (Manchester, 2002)

Alford, S., Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I (New Haven and London, 2008)  

Alford, S., The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I (London, 2012)  

Alford, S., London’s Triumph: Merchant Adventurers and the Tudor City (London, 2017)

Archer, J. E., E. Goldring and S. Knight (eds.), The Progresses, Pageants and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford, 2007)

Brooks, C. W., ‘A Puritan collaboration in defence of the liberty of the subject: James Morice, Robert Beale, and the Elizabethan campaign against ecclesiastical authority’, in P. Scott and R. G. Maber (eds.), Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in the Republic of Letters (Manchester, 2010), 3-16

Burke, P., ‘Tacitism, Scepticism, and Reason of State’, in J. H. Burns (ed.), The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700 (Cambridge, 1991), 479-98

Carey, D., and C. Jowitt (eds.), Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, Hakluyt Society, extra ser., 47 (Farnham, 2012)

Chaudhuri, K. N., The English East India Company: the study of an early joint-stock trading company, 1600-1640 (London, 1965)

Coffey, J., and P. C-H. Lim (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008)

Collinson, P., Elizabethan Essays (London, 1994)

Collinson, P., ‘The religious factor’, in J-C. Mayer (ed.), The Struggle for the Succession in Late Elizabethan England (Montpellier, 2004), 243-73

Collinson, P., Richard Bancroft and Elizabethan Anti-Puritanism (Cambridge, 2013)

Collinson, P., J. Craig and B. Usher (eds.), ‘Introduction’ to Conferences and Combination Lectures in the Elizabethan Church, Church of England Record Society (Woodbridge, 2003), xxi-lix

Connolly, A., and L. Hopkins (eds.), Essex: The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier (Manchester, 2013)

Cooper, T. (ed.), with J. Ede, Elizabeth and her People, National Portrait Gallery (London, 2013)

Croft, P., ‘The religion of Robert Cecil’, Historical Journal, 34 (1991), 773-96

Croft, P., ‘The reputation of Robert Cecil: libels, political opinion and popular awareness in the early seventeenth century’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser., 1 (1991), 43-69

Croft, P., ‘Can a bureaucrat be a favourite? Robert Cecil and the strategies of power’, in J. H. Elliott and L. W. B. Brockliss (eds.), The World of the Favourite (New Haven and London, 1999), 81-95 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Croft, P. (ed.), Patronage, Culture and Power: The Early Cecils, 1558-1612 (New Haven and London, 2002)

Doran, S., Monarchy and matrimony: the courtships of Elizabeth I (London and New York, 1996)  

Doran, S., ‘Three late-Elizabethan succession tracts’, in J-C. Mayer (ed.), The Struggle for the Succession in Late Elizabethan England (Montpellier, 2004), 91-117 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 26/09/2019)   

Doran, S., Elizabeth I and her Circle (Oxford, 2015)

Doran, S., and N. Jones (eds.), The Elizabethan World (London, 2011)

Doran, S., and P. Kewes (eds.), Doubtful and Dangerous: The Question of Succession in Late Elizabethan England (Manchester, 2014)  

‘Elizabeth I and the expansion of England: a conference held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 4-6 September’: papers printed in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser., 14 (2004), 117-319

Gajda, A. ‘The State of Christendom: history, political thought and the Essex circle’, Historical Research, 81 (2008), 423-46

Gajda, A., ‘Education of a courtier’, in J. Shami, D. Flynn and H. M. Thomas (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of John Donne (Oxford, 2011), 395-407

Gajda, A., The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture (Oxford, 2012)  

Giurato, R., ‘The language of constitutionalism and the royal prerogative in the English Parliament of 1593: James Morice’s speech on the ex officio proceedings and his constitutional thought’, Parliamentary History, 37 (2018), 327-49

Green, J. M., ‘“I my self”: Queen Elizabeth I’s oration at Tilbury Camp’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 28 (1997), 421-45

Guy, J., Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years (London, 2016)  

Guy, J. (ed.), The Reign of Elizabeth I: Court and Culture in the Last Decade (Cambridge, 1995)  

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘A new light on the Cadiz expedition of 1596’, Historical Research, 70 (1997), 182-202

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘“Absolute and sovereign mistress of her grace”? Queen Elizabeth I and her favourites, 1581-1592’, in J. H. Elliott and L. W. B. Brockliss (eds.),The World of the Favourite (New Haven and London, 1999), 38-53

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘Essex and Europe: evidence from confidential instructions by the Earl of Essex, 1596-7’, English Historical Review, 111 (1996), 357-81

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘The Earl of Essex and English expeditionary forces’, in J. Shami, D. Flynn and H. M. Thomas (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of John Donne (Oxford, 2011), 435-46

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘How to become an Elizabethan statesman: Lord Henry Howard, the Earl of Essex, and the politics of friendship’, English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700, 13 (2007), 1-34

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘Myth-making: politics, propaganda and the capture of Cadiz in 1596’, Historical Journal, 40 (1997), 621-42

Hammer, P. E. J., The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597 (Cambridge, 1999)  

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘Upstaging the queen: the Earl of Essex, Francis Bacon and the Accession Day celebrations of 1595’, in D. Bevington and P. Holbrook (eds.), The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (Cambridge, 1998), 41-66

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘The uses of scholarship: the secretariat of Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, c.1585-1601’, English Historical Review, 109 (1994), 26-51

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘An Elizabethan Spy Who Came in from the Cold: the Return of Anthony Standen to England in 1593’, Historical Research, 65 (1992), 277-95

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘Sex and the Virgin Queen: aristocratic concupiscence and the court of Elizabeth I’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 31 (2000), 77-97

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘Shakespeare’s Richard II, the Play of 7 February 1601, and the Essex Rising’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 59 (2008), 1-35

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘The smiling crocodile: the Earl of Essex and late-Elizabethan “popularity”’, in P. Lake and S. Pincus (eds.), The Politics of the Public Sphere in Early Modern England (Manchester, 2007), 95-115 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘“Base rogues” and “gentlemen of quality”: the Earl of Essex’s Irish knights and royal displeasure in 1599’, in B. Kane and V. McGowan Doyle (eds.), Elizabeth I and Ireland (Cambridge, 2014), 184-208

Hammer, P. E. J., ‘The Earl of Essex and Elizabethan parliaments’, Parliamentary History, 34 (2015), 90-110

Healy, T., ‘Elizabeth I at Tilbury and popular culture’, in M. Dimmock and A. Hadfield (eds.), Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England (Farnham, 2009), 165-77

Holmes, P., Resistance and Compromise: The Political Thought of the Elizabethan Catholics (Cambridge, 1982)

Houliston, V., ‘The Lord Treasurer and the Jesuit: Robert Persons’s satirical responsio to the 1591 proclamation’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 32 (2001), 383-401

Houliston, V., Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England: Robert Persons’s Jesuit Polemic (Aldershot, 2007)

Jardine, L., and A. Stewart, Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon, 1561-1626 (London, 1998)

Kewes, P., ‘Henry Savile’s Tacitus and the Politics of Roman History in Late Elizabethan England’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 74 (2011), 515-51

Kewes, P. ‘History and its uses’, in P. Kewes (ed.), The Uses of History in Early Modern England (San Marino, CA, 2006), 1-30

Lake, P., Anglicans and Puritans? Presbyterianism and English Conformist Thought from Whitgift to Hooker (London, 1988)

Lake, P., Bad Queen Bess? Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics of Publicity in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford, 2016)

Lake, P., ‘Thomas Digges, Robert Parsons, Sir Francis Hastings, and the politics of regime change in Elizabethan England’, Historical Journal, 61 (2018), 1-27

Lake, P., and M. C. Questier, ‘Agency, appropriation and rhetoric under the gallows: Puritans, Romanists and the state in early modern England’, Past and Present, no. 153 (1996), 64-107

Lake, P., and M. C. Questier, The Anti-Christ’s Lewd Hat: Protestants and Papists and Players in Post-Reformation England (New Haven and London, 2002)

Loomie, A. J., The Spanish Elizabethans: The English Exiles at the Court of Philip II (London, 1963)

MacCaffrey, W. T., Elizabeth I: War and Politics, 1588-1603 (Princeton, NJ, 1992)  

McCoog, T. M., The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland, and England, 1589-1597 (Farnham, 2012)

McDiarmid, J. F. (ed.), The Monarchical Republic of Early Modern England (Aldershot, 2007)

Mancall, P. C., Hakluyt’s Promise: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English Amercia (New Haven and London, 2007)  

Mancall, P. C., and H. B. Hackel, ‘Richard Hakluyt the Younger’s notes for the East India Company in 1601: a transcription of Huntington Library Manuscript EL 2360’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 67 (2004), 423-36

Marcus, L. S., J. Mueller and M. B. Rose (eds.), Elizabeth I: The Collected Works (Chicago, 2000)  

May, S. W., ‘Queen Elizabeth and her subjects: the Tilbury and Golden speeches’, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 30 (2004), 23-39

Mueller, J., and L. S. Marcus (eds.), Elizabeth I: Autograph Compositions and Foreign Language Originals (Chicago, 2003)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online)

Peck, L. L., Court Patronage and Corruption in Early Stuart England (Boston, 1990)

Questier, M. C., ‘Sermons, separatists, and succession politics in late Elizabethan England’, Journal of British Studies, 52 (2013), 290-316

Questier, M. C., ‘The limits of conformity in late Elizabethan England: A Plea for a Priest’, in P. D. Clarke and M. C. Questier (eds.), Papal Authority and the Limits of the Law in Tudor England, Camden Society, 5th ser., 48 (Cambridge, 2015), esp. ‘Historical introduction’, 103-14

Shagan, E. H. (ed.), Catholics and the ‘Protestant Nation’: Religious Politics and Identity in Early Modern England (Manchester, 2005)

Stafford, H. G., James VI and the Throne of England (New York and London, 1940)  

Wernham, R. B.,  After the Armada: Elizabethan England and the Struggle for Western Europe, 1588-1595 (Oxford, 1984)  

Wernham, R. B., The Return of the Armadas: The Last Years of the Elizabethan War against Spain, 1595-1603 (Oxford, 1994)  

Wood, A. C., A History of the Levant Company (London, 1964)


This list was last updated on 06/09/2019