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Title: The life and career of Sir John Mason 1503-1566
Author: Welchman, R.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1999
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The thesis is a case-study in the shaping of a Tudor public figure. It examines the career of John Mason (1503-1566), a notable participant in mid-Tudor political life and diplomacy. Born the son of an obscure cowherd, he rose to become, by 1558, one of the richest officials in the royal household. A man who owed his success to his outstanding qualities of intellect, ambition and industry, he served the Crown in many different capacities and achieved prominence at home and abroad as civil servant, privy councillor, and ambassador. The thesis traces the stages by which he rose in the royal service: from clerk to the Council and envoy to the Elector Palatine under Henry VIII, to ambassador in France under Edward VI, ambassador to the Emperor Charles V and Philip II under Mary, and a leading privy councillor under Elizabeth. His performance in all these different roles is analysed and assessed, as is the influence he was able to exert on events during his career, and on statesmen, some of higher status than himself, such as his friends, Sir William Paget and Sir William Cecil. The thesis also seeks to show how, during such a turbulent period in English history, in spite of occasional setbacks, he was able to hold office, without interruption, under four Tudor monarchs and survive to retirement when many of his contemporaries lost their positions and some their lives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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