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Title: The Warwickshire gentry and the Dudley ascendancy 1547 to 1590
Author: Enis, Cathryn Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 5468
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis explores the ascendancy in Warwickshire of the Dudley earls of Warwick and Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, between 1547 and 1590. Using the relationship between the earls and the gentry to examine the hypothesis that the Dudley ascendancy had a lasting effect on the county, it identifies the majority of the gentry who lived in the county during these years as well as those families that made up the elite. It considers the relationships between these families and the ways in which artefacts and material objects illustrated their status, beliefs and preoccupations. It identifies all those who served as magistrates in the county during this period and analyses these appointments as a means of exploring the political narrative of these years. This focuses particularly on Ambrose Dudley, earl of Warwick, and Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, during the reign of Elizabeth I, a reign which saw the increasing polarisation of religious belief. It presents this narrative by focusing on a number of significant events. These include subscription to the Act of Uniformity in 1569, the suppression of the prophesyings at Southam in 1576, and the riots at Dray ton Bassett in 1578. If offers a fresh and detailed analysis of the treason of John Somerville and Edward Arden in 1583 and suggests reasons why this case was pursued. The relationship between local and national events and the wider concerns of the Elizabethan regime are at the heart of the examination of these events. It also considers the career of Job Throckmorton, widely recognised as the driving force behind the Martin Marprelate Tracts, and how this was related to the Protestant Dudleys' presence in the county. Finally, it explores the lives of the gentry women of the county and the roles and relationships these women were able to undertake.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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