Bad Queen Bess?: Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics by Peter Lake

By Peter Lake

undesirable Queen Bess? analyses the from side to side among the Elizabethan regime and diverse Catholic critics, who, from the early 1570s to the early 1590s, sought to characterise that regime as a conspiracy of evil tips. via a style novel - the libellous mystery heritage - to English political discourse, numerous (usually nameless) Catholic authors claimed to bare to the general public what was once 'really occurring' behind the scenes of professional lies and
disinformation with which the clique of evil counsellors on the center of the Elizabethan nation habitually cloaked their sinister manoeuvres. parts in the regime, targeted on William Cecil and his circle, responded to those attacks with their very own species of plot speak and libellous mystery background, specialising in
conspiracy-driven debts of the Catholic, Marian, after which, latterly, Spanish threats.

Peter Lake offers a sequence of (mutually constitutive) strikes and counter strikes, during which the regime's claims to symbolize a sort of public political advantage, to talk for the commonweal and actual faith, elicited from convinced Catholic critics a easily inverted rhetoric of non-public political vice, persecution, and tyranny. The ensuing exchanges are learn not just as a species of 'political thought', yet as a manner of puzzling over politics as approach and of distinguishing between
'politics' and 'religion'. also they are analysed as modes of political communique and pitch-making - regarding print, circulating manuscripts, functionality, and hearsay - and therefore as constitutive of an emergent mode of 'public politics' and maybe of a 'post reformation public sphere'. whereas the
focus is essentially English, the origins and imbrication of those texts inside, and their direct tackle to, wider ecu occasions and audiences is often current. the purpose is hence to give a contribution concurrently to the political, cultural, highbrow, and spiritual histories of the period.

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