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Doubtful and dangerousThe question of succession in late Elizabethan England$
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Susan Doran and Paulina Kewes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086069

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086069.001.0001

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The earlier Elizabethan succession question revisited

The earlier Elizabethan succession question revisited

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Doubtful and dangerous

Susan Doran

Paulina Kewes

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides a unique reappraisal of the earlier Elizabethan succession question. Using a broader range of archival and printed sources than any previous study, it explains the shifts in the political actions and polemical output of both Protestants and Catholics during the early and middle decades of the reign in order to contextualize the ‘long’ 1590s – the main subject of this book. Inter alia, it scrutinizes the role of Parliament; the impact of Anglo-Scottish relations; and the range of constitutional solutions proposed by the rival faiths viz. election and hereditary succession. Overall, the chapter demonstrates that there was more to the succession question before February 1587 than just the exclusion of the Catholic claimant, Mary Stuart. That is why, after her death, the succession remained disputed.

Keywords:   earlier Elizabethan succession question, Parliament, polemic, Mary Queen of Scots, Katherine Grey, Sir William Cecil, Anglo-Scottish relations, Catholics, Protestants, Exclusion

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