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dc.contributor.authorTosh., William Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-05T12:00:34Z
dc.date.available2015-10-05T12:00:34Z
dc.date.issued2013-12
dc.identifier.citationTosh, W.P. 2013. Testimonies of affection and dispatches of intelligence: The letters of Anthony Bacon, 1558-1601. Queen Mary University of London.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/9075
dc.descriptionPhDen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the affective and professional relationships that sustained the intelligence network of Anthony Bacon (1558-1601), a gentleman-traveller and spymaster for the earl of Essex. Through a series of interventions in the extensive Bacon papers in Lambeth Palace Library, I present four manuscript-based case studies that cast light on a host of relationship-paradigms particular to early modern English culture that are today poorly understood. Chapter 1 focuses on Anthony Bacon’s relationship with the Puritan Nicholas Faunt, and argues for a new understanding of the language of ardent affection between men that acknowledges the influence on such language of Reformed theology. Chapter 2 explores the correspondence of Bacon with Anthony Standen, an imprisoned Catholic spy, and suggests that the early modern prison may have been a facilitating institution in the creation of instrumental friendship between men. Chapter 3 examines the Inns of Court. I argue that the Inns’ concern for the values of friendship was reflected in the widespread political patronage system that operated out of the four societies, a system that was recognised and manipulated by powerful men. In Chapter 4 I explore a context in which the influence of friendship networks was deleterious: the unstable and unhappy political secretariat of the earl of Essex. I argue that the earl’s outmoded concept of ardent service was as damaging to his own household as it was to his relationship with the queen. Taken as a whole, this thesis argues for a new awareness of the place of feeling and the role of friendship in our understanding of relationships between men in the sixteenth century.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAHRC studentship; Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Fund.en_US
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dc.publisherQueen Mary University of Londonen_US
dc.subjectEnglishen_US
dc.subjectEngland History 16th centuryen_US
dc.subjectAnthony Baconen_US
dc.subjectSpies England 16th centuryen_US
dc.titleTestimonies of affection and dispatches of intelligence: The letters of Anthony Bacon, 1558-1601.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.rights.holderThe copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author


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