Patrick Collinson: Historiography and Elizabethan politics
11 November 1999
Show More The World of the Favourite edited by J.H. Elliott and L.W.B. Brockliss.
Yale, 320 pp., £35, June 1999, 0 300 07644 4Show More
The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-97 by Paul Hammer.
Cambridge, 468 pp., £45, June 1999, 0 521 43485 8Show More
“... Church, Richelieu had a head start, and a protected status, and did not need intimacy. But friendship, not necessarily involving intimacy, was essential. In perhaps the most interesting contribution, DavidWootton uses Bacon’s essays to suggest both that friendship is a key to our understanding, the favourite being ‘a special sort of friend’, and one that we are slow to turn in the lock, given ...”