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Lords, spies and traitors in Elizabeth's England

A review of God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England, by Jessie Childs. To see the power of 16th-century aristocrats, look at the ones being tracked as enemies of the state

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England Jessie Childs

Bodley Head, pp.442, £25, ISBN: 9781847921567

There are still some sizeable holes in early modern English history and one of them is what we know — or, rather, do not know — about the aristocracy. Of course, peers who held high office under the Crown often have their biographers. But there is still a rooted assumption among scholars that the aristo-cracy as a caste or class was in decline during and after the later 16th century.

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