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Type: Theses
Title: The Correspondence of Elizabeth I and James VI in the context of Anglo-Scottish Relations, 1572-1603
Author: Tunstall, Elizabeth
Issue Date: 2016
School/Discipline: School of Humanities
Abstract: From 1572 until 1603 Queen Elizabeth I of England maintained a significant correspondence with King James VI of Scotland. This correspondence has recently begun to receive some scholarly attention but generally it sits separated from its context in historical analysis. This thesis seeks to analyse the lengthy correspondence in order to understand its role in diplomacy and to reintegrate it into its broader Anglo-Scottish diplomatic context. In doing so it explores the idea of the existence of a multilayered approach to diplomatic relations during the Elizabethan period, which enabled Elizabeth to manage the difficulties that arose in the Anglo-Scottish relationship. The thesis discusses the role of the correspondence through four main concerns that occurred from 1585 until Elizabeth’s death in 1603. It commences by examining the negotiations for the Treaty of Berwick that occurred in 1585-1586, negotiations that took place within the royal correspondence and through the work of ambassadors. Shortly after the treaty’s conclusion the discovery of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, involvement in the Babington plot sparked a diplomatic storm that involved not only the various threads of Anglo-Scottish diplomatic relations but also pressure from France. Diplomatic relations were only restored shortly before the Spanish Armada but were immediately placed under significant strain by the uncovering of the Brig o’ Dee Affair and the Spanish Blanks plot in Scotland. A situation made worse by James’ appeared inaction against his Catholic nobility. This led to one of the most diplomatically difficult periods of the correspondence and alliance that lasted from 1588 until 1595. From 1595 the Anglo-Scottish relationship calmed, although this does not mean that it became insignificant. During this period James became highly anxious in regards to his right to succeed Elizabeth. As a result he became somewhat obsessed with the seemingly minor issue of Valentine Thomas, a criminal who implicated James in an assassination plot against Elizabeth. In addition to these four broad points this thesis will also analyse other themes and concerns that arose within the correspondence. These include such concerns as the problem of rumours in diplomatic relations, the rhetorical trope of innocence, which is used on several occasions by the monarchs, and the mutually shared concept of royal honour that was fundamental to both Elizabeth and to James. This thesis seeks to place the correspondence of Queen Elizabeth and King James back into its original context of Anglo-Scottish diplomacy and in so doing demonstrate that Elizabethan England possessed a multilayered approach to diplomacy.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.Phil.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Humanities, 2016.
Keywords: correspondence
Queen Elizabeth I
King James VI
Anglo-Scottish relations
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