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Commerce, finance and statecraftHistories of England, 1600-1780$
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Ben Dew

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992965

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992965.001.0001

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Exemplary history: William Camden’s Annales

Exemplary history: William Camden’s Annales

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(p.43) 2 Exemplary history: William Camden’s Annales
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Commerce, finance and statecraft
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Ben Dew
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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784992965.003.0003

In his Annales of Queen Elizabeth (1615, 1625), William Camden presented Elizabeth's success in managing the nation's commercial and financial interests as a product of her rejection of any selfish goals, and her absolute commitment to the interests and welfare of the Commonwealth. This chapter considers the consequences and significance of such an approach. Chief among these, it is argued, was the development of a narrative that employed conventional classical ideas of virtue, honour and 'exemplary' behaviour to discuss a range of contemporary economic issues and debates.

Keywords:   William Camden, virtue, honour, exemplary history, commerce, finances

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