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The Succession Debate and Contested Authority in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603

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  • Considers issues of gender, monarchical republicanism and freedom of speech in Elizabethan England
  • Examines succession tracts that emerged in Elizabeth's reign and the context of debates over royal succession
  • Uses the succession question in Elizabeth England to explore the workings of early modern British government

Part of the book series: Queenship and Power (QAP)

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About this book

This book examines the succession debate in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. It considers the succession question in its entirety, instead of dividing the topic into early or late periods as has been typically the case. Commencing with a consideration of the succession tracts and the laws which governed the succession, this book seeks to examine the matter in terms of its original sixteenth-century context and how the participants of the debate understood the issue. With the succession issue outlined, the main parties of the debate – those being the Queen, her Privy Council and Parliament – are considered in turn, exploring the effect of the succession debate upon English considerations of government and royal prerogative.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

    Elizabeth Tunstall

About the author

Elizabeth Tunstall is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She received a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has published research on Elizabethan England.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Succession Debate and Contested Authority in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603

  • Authors: Elizabeth Tunstall

  • Series Title: Queenship and Power

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-58892-1Published: 22 June 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-58895-2Due: 06 July 2025

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-58893-8Published: 21 June 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2730-938X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-9398

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 245

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, History of Early Modern Europe, History, general

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