© 1996

Surveillance, Militarism and Drama in the Elizabethan Era


Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Regnum Cecilianum

    1. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 1-42
  3. State of Terror

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 45-69
    3. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 70-91
  4. Elizabethan Cold Wars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 95-110
    3. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 111-126
  5. Elizabethan Hot Wars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 190-207
    3. Curtis C Breight
      Pages 208-238
  6. Conclusion: Legacies of Surveillance and Militarism

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 242-348

About this book


Curtis Breight challenges the view that Renaissance English rulers could not dominate their domestic population. He argues, alternatively, that the Elizabethan state was controlled by the Cecilian faction, which maintained power by focusing English energies outwardly. Cecilians launched relentless assaults by land and sea against England's neighbours. By the 1590s their policies had enriched a few yet destroyed countless people, and this book reads the drama of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare in relation to ongoing national and international conflict.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of PittsburghUS

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