Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Susan Doran
    Pages 1-12
  3. Susan Doran
    Pages 13-41
  4. Susan Doran
    Pages 42-79
  5. Susan Doran
    Pages 80-101
  6. Susan Doran
    Pages 102-120
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 121-145

About this book


This book provides a thematic survey of English foreign policy in the sixteenth century, focusing on the influence of the concept of honour, security concerns, religious ideology and commercial interests on the making of policy. It draws attention to aspects of continuity with the late-medieval past but argues, too, that the European Reformation brought new challenges which forced a rethinking of policy. Far from treating the sixteenth century as the period when England began its rise as a Great Power, the author emphasises the structural weaknesses of the English armed forces and demonstrates that dangers and insecurities did more to mould foreign policy than the energy and confidence of the Tudor rulers.


England Europe France reformation sixteenth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan Doran
    • 1
  1. 1.St Mary’s University CollegeUniversity of SurreyUK

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