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The Courtier and the Queen free pdf This work is written for those with an interest in the Elizabethan period. It is particularly relevant to the Northamptonshire context although set within the wider picture of Elizabethan England. It features a variety of illustrations. Footnotes, appendices, bibliographic sources and biographical notes give the more scholarly many leads. This work is suitable for general readers but also educational purposes from GCSE level upwards. No-one served Elizabeth I more faithfully than Sir Christopher Hatton. The enduring caricature of him as the 'dancing Chancellor' ignores the unique relationship he had with the Queen which was different in kind to the better known and more flamboyant personalities who surrounded her, such as Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester) or Sir Walter Raleigh. Was he the Queen's lover as contemporaries thought, or was he much more to her than that?The author explores the repressed sexuality of a loyal servant who wisely learned to distinguish Elizabeth the woman from Elizabeth the Queen. He quotes from their letters in which personal ciphers are used, and digs deeply into the primary sources. Attracted to Hatton initially, as he had a fine leg and an elegant way of dancing the galliard, Elizabeth drew him into her court and craftily moulded him by a series of official posts. He became the Captain of her personal bodyguard, the Yeomen of the Guard. For a decade he was Vice-Chamberlain responsible for helping to organise the royal progresses which characterised Elizabeth's reign. She eventually appointed him her Lord Chancellor. In spite of their initial rivalry for the Queen's affection Hatton and the Earl of Leicester were drawn together as friends who shared her fury over any love interests they might have.Hatton never married although there was talk of him having a brief affair with Elizabeth Cavendish the daughter of Bess of Hardwick. Remaining a bachelor Hatton continued to be a kind of perpetual suitor thus satisfying the Queen's notorious vanity. Contemporaries recognised that he was the only one who could approach the Queen on delicate matters such as having a bad tooth removed, yet even he withdrew when her rages became intense. Elizabeth loaded properties on Hatton and he was at one time owner of the land on which the modern Heathrow Airport is built. He owned 10,000 acres in Ireland and was Keeper of Corfe Castle and Admiral of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Hatton's life is placed in the context of a changing England and his native Northamptonshire.We see his devotion and closeness to Elizabeth in all her varying moods, his love of pageantry and extravagant building ventures which led him to build a vast palace at Holdenby to welcome the Queen, 'that holy saint', who never came. His patronage of the arts led Dr John Dee, William Byrd and Edmund Spenser and many others to devote works to him. He invested in Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the world, Drake renaming his ship the Pelican as the Golden Hind (Hatton's cognisance) in his honour. Hatton is seen in action in the trials of the various conspirators who threatened the Queen's life. He was a commissioner at the trial of Mary Queen of Scots, and as a Privy Councillor was one who signed her death warrant. He shared the Queen's policy of walking the via media in matters of religion and did his best to mitigate the punishments meted out on both Catholic recusants and zealous Puritans alike.His loyalty in the crisis of 1588 was manifest in his organising the militia in his native county. His influence in Parliament has been largely ignored by historians- his attendance record matched that of the two principal Secretaries of State, Lord Burghley and Sir Francis Walsingham with whom he closely worked. Hatton was recognised as being the mouthpiece for the Queen in Parliament but more than that his skilful handling of the Commons and eloquence during difficult times have been largely unrecognised. Like many others who served her Hatton became seriously indebted to the Queen. With failing health and Elizabeth's insistent demand for repayment of a huge debt he took himself off to his house, Ely Place in Holborn (now Hatton Garden). Hearing that he was dying she hurried to him, staying with him and even feeding him herself remorseful of the way she had treated him.Hatton's life opens out a refreshing window on Elizabeth and her times from the perspective of one man who stayed close to her throughout a turbulent and dangerous period. His immensely busy and complicated life shows many aspects of Elizabethan society ranging from piracy off the Dorset coast to poaching in Northamptonshire woods, the intrigues of the royal court, the immense problems of religion and politics thrown up by the Reformation and the thrusting outward-looking confidence of Renaissance man. Hatton emerges as a man of compassion and competence, a key figure in the enigma when men of rank, intelligence and ability gave all they had to serve the Queen of England.

About Malcolm Deacon

Malcolm Deacon has already retired twice, firstly after thirty years as a teacher and primary school headmaster, and secondly after eleven years as an ordained Christian minister who nevertheless still helps the local church, is a school governor and chairman of his local historical society. Alongside his family and professional life he has found time to research, teach, write, broadcast and publish on local historical subjects. In 1994 he set up Park Lane Publishing, a non-commercial venture, to encourage local historical publishing. His biography Philip Doddridge of Northampton, published by Northamptonshire Libraries in 1980, has become a standard work. Other works, usually of modest print runs, quickly sell out and have something of a rarity value. His autobiography entitled Swim Ginger: one man's journey through changing times (1940-2005), a bit of fun to mark his 65th birthday, has been acclaimed a masterly study of 20th century social change. He is much sought-after as a speaker on historical subjects and conducts historical tours of his beloved Northamptonshire. He is married to Stephanie, has a son and daughter and three grandchildren. He likes gardening, DIY and travelling, keeps his website www.parklanepublishing.org well up-to-date and sometimes gets to bed before midnight.

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Author : Malcolm Deacon
Publisher : Park Lane Publishing
Data Published : 21 September 2008
ISBN : 0952318849
EAN : 9780952318842
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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