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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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Pulling the strings: religion and politics in the progress of 1578

Pulling the strings: religion and politics in the progress of 1578

(p.122) Chapter 4 Pulling the strings: religion and politics in the progress of 1578
This England

Patrick Collinson

Manchester University Press

In July and August 1578, Elizabeth I and her court toured deep into East Anglia, the only extensive royal tour of that region. This chapter addresses the polities — and, in particular, the religious factors in politics — of the 1578 progress. The conundrum of counsel, which was the greatest political problem of an age which brought into uncomfortable partnership nearly absolute monarchy and a civic-minded humanism, was never more nakedly exposed than at this point. By looking at the historical geology of the East Anglia of 1578 we are able to uncover the fundamental faultline in Elizabethan politics. The climax was reached in elaborate celebrations in Norwich, stage-managed and choreographed by Thomas Churchyard, a native of the city, which may have had a serious and substantial political purpose.

Keywords:   East Anglia, Elizabeth I, 1578 progress, Norwich, monarchy, Elizabeth politics

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