Anglo-American Political Tradition

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Speech to the troops at Tilbury 1588 by Elizabeth I:  My loving people, We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean time, my lieutenant general, shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.


Anglo-American Political Tradition

Elizabethan England

Allen B. Hinds, The Making of the England of Elizabeth (New York: Macmillan, 1895)

J. E. Neale, Queen Elizabeth (London: Jonathan Cape, 1944)
J. E. Neale, Elizabeth I and Her Parliaments 1559-1581 (London: Jonathan Cape, nd)
J. E. Neale, Elizabeth I and Her Parliaments 1584-1601 (New York: St. Martins, 1965)

Leah S. Marcus, Elizabeth I Collected Works (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Conyers Read, Sir Francis Walsingham and the Policy of Queen Elizabeth, 3 vols. (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1925)

R. H. Wernham, The Making of Elizabethan Foreign Policy (Berkeley: UC Press, 1980)

G. P. Cuttino, English Medieval Diplomacy (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1985)

Michael Barraclough Pulman, The Elizabethan Privy Council in the Fifteen-Seventies (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971)

Stanford E. Lehmberg, Sir Walter Mildmay and Tudor Government (Austin: University of Texas, 1964)

Blair Worden, The Sound of Virtue Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan Politics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996)


Tudor Background

Arthur D. Innes, England Under the Tudors (New York: Putnam's, 1905)

Michael A. R. Graves, The Tudor Parliaments Crown, Lord and Commons, 1485-1603 (London: Longman, 1985)

Anthony Fletcher, Tudor Rebellions, 3rd. (London: Longman, 1983)

Hester Chapman, The Last Tudor King A Study of Edward IV (New York: Macmillan, 1959)


William William A. Clebsch, England's Earliest Protestants 1520-1535 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964)

Henry Barclay Swete, Church Services and Service-Books Before the Reformation (London: SPCK, 1896)

T. M. Parker, The English Reformation to 1558 (London: Oxford University Press, 1963)

Edward C. Ratcliff, The Book of Common Prayer in England its making and revisions (London: SPCK, 1949) 


Early Stuarts - Stuart Tyranny and Opposition

Godfrey Davies, The Early Stuarts (London: Oxford, 1960)

J. R. Tanner, English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century 1603-1689 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966)

I. Deane Jones, The English Revolution 1603-1714 (London: Heinemann, 1931)

Allen French, Charles I and the Puritan Upheaval (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1953)

John Dykstra Eusden, Puritans, Lawyers, and Politics in early seventeenth century England (New Haven: Yale, 1958)

John Forster, Sir John Eliot, v. 1 (London: Longman, 1864)

John Forster, Sir John Eliot, v. 2 (London: Longman, 1864)

Lord Nugent, Memorials of John Hampden His Party and His Times, v. 1. London: Murray, 1832)

Lord Nugent, Memorials of John Hampden His Party and His Time, v.2 (London: Murray, 1832)


Wallace Notestein, The Winning of the Initiative by the House of Commons (London: British Academy, 1924)

Civil War/Puritan Revolution

Samuel R. Gardiner, The History of the Great Civil War, V. 1 1642-1644, V. 2 1647-1647 (London: Longman's 1886, 1889)

Samuel Rawson Gardiner, ed., The Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution 1625-1660 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1906)

Perez Zagorin, The Court and the Country The Beginning of the English Revolution of the Mid-Seventeenth Century (New York: Atheneum, 1970)

J. H. Adamson and H. F. Folland, Sir Harry Vane His Life and Times 1613-1662 (Boston: Gambit, 1973)

James K. Hosmer, The Life of Young Sir Henry Vane (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1888)

Later Stuarts/Restoration and Dissent

Douglas R. Lacey, Dissent and Parliamentary Politics in England 1661-1689 (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers UP, 1969)

The Whig Supremacy 

Basil Williams, The Whig Supremacy 1714-1760 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952)

Caroline Robbins, The Eighteenth Century Commonwealthman (Boston: Harvard, 1959)

John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, Cato's Letters Essays on Liberty, ed. Ronald Hamowy, 2 vols. (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1995)




George Bruner Parks, Richard Hakluyt and the English Voyages  (New York: American Geographical Society, 1930)

Martin A. S. Hume, Sir Walter Ralegh (London: Fisher Unwin, 1897)

David Beers Quinn, ed., The Roanoke Voyages 1584-1590, 2 vols. (London: The Hakluyt Society, 1955)

Stephen Coote, Drake (New York: St. Martin's, 2003)

Samuel Bawlf, The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake 1577-1580 (New York: Walker, 2003)

James A. Williamson, The Age of Drake (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1938)

Wallace Notestein, The English People on the Eve of Colonization (New York: Harper, 1954)

Arthur Percival Newton, The Colonizing Activities of the English Puritans (New Haven: Yale, 1914)



Colonial America


Evarts Boutell Greene The Foundations of American Nationality (New York: American Book Company, 1922)

S. G. Culliford, William Strachey, 1572-1621 (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1965)

Louis B. Wright, ed., The Elizabethans' America (Cambridge: Harvard, 1966)

Louis B. Wright, The Cultural Life of the American Colonies 1607-1763 (New York: Harper, 1957)

Thomas Goddard Wright, Literary Culture in Early New England 1620-1730 (New Haven: Yale UP, 1920)

Josephine K. Piercy, Studies in Literary Types in Seventeenth Century America 1607-1710, 2nd ed. (Yale UP, 1939)

Louis Shores, Origins of the American College Library (Boston: Gregg Press, 1972)

Plymouth Colony

Jeremy Dupertius Bangs, Strangers and Pilgrims Leiden and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation (Plymouth MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2009)








Alison Gilbert Olson, Anglo-American Politics 1660-1775 (New York: Oxford, 1975)

Alison Gilbert Olson ed., Anglo-American Political Relations 1675-1775 (New Brunswick: Rutgers, 1975)