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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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Introduction: a historiographical perspective

Introduction: a historiographical perspective

(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction: a historiographical perspective
Doubtful and dangerous

Susan Doran

Paulina Kewes

Manchester University Press

The Introduction explains the nature of the late Elizabethan succession question. It clarifies the obstacles encountered by the closest hereditary heir James VI of Scotland and outlines the range of other claimants and their backers. It then examines the historiography of the succession issue before and after Mary Stuart’s execution with reference to new trends such as the New Catholic, New British, and New Political History, identifying problems and omissions and mapping out new directions for research. The Introduction concludes by highlighting longer-term significances of the constitutional issues discussed in the book.

Keywords:   Historiography, Late Elizabethan succession question, Earlier Elizabethan succession question, New British History, New Catholic History, New Political History, interdisciplinarity, monarchical republic, Elizabeth I, James VI and I

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