Nicholas Wotton : dean and diplomat.
This study is an account of the life and career of Dr. Nicholas
Wotton, a sixteenth-century cleric and diplomat. Primarily remembered for
his work in the latter category, his career made him at the least a supporting
figure in many of the significant events of his century.
There are essentially three subdivisions within this biography; the
first two chapters trace the rise of the Wotton family from relative obscurity
to a position of national prominence. The middle segment reconstructs
Dr. Wotton's critical years of service to his country, the 1540's
and 1550's, re-examining from his unique perspective many well-rehearsed
historical events. The final chapters address the questions of a character
assessment, Wotton's achievements and his position within a study of
the diplomatic history of sixteenth-century England.
The sixteenth century witnessed increased implementation of modern
concepts of international diplomacy; thus, a review of the diplomatic papers
of the time is relevant not only to this century but also creates a
foundation from which to study later diplomatic developments. Nicholas
Wotton, though only one of many sixteenth-century English diplomats on
whom little previous research has been done, is a good example with which
to begin, for in his life and career is reflected the sense of transformation
from the Medieval to the modern which equally describes his century