Stephen Alford: Bad Queen Bess?
17 November 2016
Show More Bad Queen Bess? Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics of Publicity in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I by Peter Lake.
Oxford, 497 pp., £35, January 2016, 978 0 19 875399 5Show More
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy.
Viking, 494 pp., £25, May 2016, 978 0 670 92225 3Show More
“... In 1948 Allan Wingate published British Pamphleteers, a collection of tracts assembled by Richard Reynolds and introduced by George Orwell. The first pamphlet in the book is John Knox’s First Blast of the Trumpet (1558), which begins: ‘To promote a woman to beare rule, superioritie, dominion or empire above any realme, nation, or citie, is repugnant to nature, contumelie to God, a thing most contrarious to his reveled will and approved ordinance, and finallie it is the subversion of good order, of all equitie and justice ...”