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This EnglandEssays on the English Nation and Commonwealth in the Sixteenth Century$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084423

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084423.001.0001

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The Elizabethan exclusion crisis and the Elizabethan polity

The Elizabethan exclusion crisis and the Elizabethan polity

(p.61) Chapter 2 The Elizabethan exclusion crisis and the Elizabethan polity
This England

Patrick Collinson

Manchester University Press

‘The Elizabethan exclusion crisis’ refers to the sustained concern of much of the ‘political nation’ in the reign of Elizabeth I to forestall the accession to the English crown of Mary Queen of Scots; and, indeed, to prevent any other remedy for the dangerous vacuum of an uncertain succession which would threaten the Protestant religious and political settlement and all that it stood for. It is a question of whether a crisis could endure for as many as twenty-seven years, which was the time it took finally to put paid to Mary Stuart's claim at Fotheringhay. As with the Cold War, the fact that the exclusion crisis ended with less of a bang than a whimper has discouraged the legitimate exercise of counterfactual history.

Keywords:   Mary Stuart, Elizabethan exclusion crisis, political nation, accession, succession problem, Cold War

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