The Moor’s Counsel: Sir Francis Walsingham’s Advice to Elizabeth I

  • Hannah CoatesEmail author
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Highlighting the valuable counsel that occurred within their problematic and challenging relationship, this chapter analyses the language and structure of Francis Walsingham’s letters to Elizabeth I over the course of his career: how he represented himself, how he presented his arguments, and how he thought of her. An analysis of Walsingham’s techniques and strategies for presenting his advice and arguments in written form is essential to understanding their relationship and to understanding how they negotiated it. Through her analysis, Hannah Coates reveals how Walsingham’s style and approach altered throughout his service to the queen, providing evidence of another side to this important relationship that suggests a strong, mature and complex dynamic, which even included elements of playfulness.


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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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