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The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)
The Earl of Essex was the last great favorite of Elizabeth I and the leading cultural patron of the final years of her reign. Dazzled by the "romantic" relationship with the queen, modern writers have branded Essex a dandy, a military incompetent, and a political dabbler, and have blamed him for the bitter factionalism that plagued English politics in the 1590s. Using an u ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1999)
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A heavily researched study of Queen Elizabeth I's favorite, the Earl of Essex, from his emergence at court in 1585 to the late 1590s. Hammer provides a convincing study that shows Essex's important role in politics, the military, international relations, and the protestant cause in contast to the traditional view of him as a playboy. Excellent read.