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By Arthur F. Kinney

This expansive, inter-disciplinary advisor to Renaissance performs and the realm they performed to supplies readers a colourful review of England's nice dramatic age.Provides an expansive and inter-disciplinary method of Renaissance performs and the realm they performed to. bargains a colorful and complete assessment of the cloth stipulations of England's most crucial dramatic interval. supplies readers evidence and information in addition to updated interpretation of the performs. seems to be on the drama by way of its cultural service provider, its collaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.

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These new enterprises stimulated the revival of the towns, after their long slump in the mid-sixteenth century, drawing the surplus population to them. That provided a very cheap workforce, since real wages were at an all-time low. All of this was especially evident in London, whose population exploded along with its prosperity. Taken all together, the standard of living in 1600 was remarkably higher than that of fifty years earlier. Consumers fueled some of the boom; exports fed the rest. Companies were chartered to regulate and exploit the trade to various parts of the world.

To declare a successor was to give that person political power. She governed by dividing and confusing, keeping her enemies off balance. Nonetheless, it was widely believed Elizabeth’s cousin, Mary, queen of Scots, a Catholic, would succeed her. Since 1568 Mary had been a prisoner in England. She had come into the country as a refugee, escaping the revolt that put her infant son, James VI, on the throne of Scotland and established Protestantism as Scotland’s faith. Once Mary arrived, she The Politics of Renaissance England 15 became a constant worry for Elizabeth’s counselors, who were well aware that she was heir to the throne of England.

Although Elizabeth’s wars, the unreformed rate book, inflation, and sheer inefficiency had drained the Treasury, James thought the English wealthier than the Scots, and made lavish gifts to his friends, spent wildly on good living, and refused to listen to the warning cries of his officials. Robert Cecil, earl of Salisbury, had been carried over from Elizabeth’s reign as the principal secretary. In 1608 he became, as his father had been, lord treasurer. But the Treasury was empty. He undertook reforms that improved the efficiency of collections and sought new ways to wring out pennies to throw into the maw of the deficit.

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