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Alford, Stephen 1970-

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Works: 19 works in 101 publications in 2 languages and 5,311 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Stephen Alford
Kingship and politics in the reign of Edward VI by Stephen Alford( )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 2,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a reappraisal of the kingship and politics of the reign of Edward VI, the third Tudor king of England who reigned from the age of nine in 1547 until his death in 1553. The reign has often been interpreted as a period of political instability, mainly because of Edward's age, but this account challenges the view that the king's minority was a time of unstable political faction. It shows how Edward was shaped and educated from the start for adult kingship, and how Edwardian politics evolved to accommodate a maturing and able young king." "The book also explores the political values of the men around the king, and tries to reconstruct the relationships of family and association that bound together the governing elite in the king's Council, his court, and in the universities. It also assesses the impact of Edward's reign on Elizabethan politics, both conceptually (the notion of what it was to be a monarch) and practically (the importance in Elizabeth's reign of men who had already shaped Edwardian politics)."--Jacket
The watchers : a secret history of the reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gripping account of the unflagging battle by spies, code breakers, ambassadors and confidence-men who sought to protect Elizabeth I from the most powerful rulers of Europe who conspired to destroy her, their plans most fully realized by the Spanish Armada
London's triumph : merchants, adventurers, and money in Shakespeare's city by Stephen Alford( Book )

15 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The dramatic story of the dazzling growth of London in the sixteenth century. For most, England in the sixteenth century was the era of the Tudors, from Henry VII and VIII to Elizabeth I. But as their dramas played out at court, England was being transformed economically by the astonishing discoveries of the New World and of direct sea routes to Asia. At the start of the century, England was hardly involved in the wider world and London remained a gloomy, introverted medieval city. But as the century progressed, something extraordinary happened that placed London at the center of the world stage forever. Stephen Alford's evocative, original new book uses the same skills that made his widely praised The Watchers so successful, bringing to life the network of merchants, visionaries, crooks, and sailors who changed London and England forever. In a sudden explosion of energy, English ships were found all over the world--trading with Russia and the Levant, exploring Virginia and the Arctic, and fanning out across the Indian Ocean. The people who made this possible--the families, the guild members, the moneymen who were willing to risk huge sums and sometimes their own lives in pursuit of the rare, exotic, and desirable--are as interesting as any of those at court. Their ambitions fueled a new view of the world--initiating a long era of trade and empire, the consequences of which still resonate today."--Dust jacket flap
Burghley : William Cecil at the court of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598), was the closest adviser to England's Queen Elizabeth I and--as this revealing and provocative biography shows--he was the driving force behind the Queen's reign for four decades. --from publisher description
The early Elizabethan polity : William Cecil and the British succession crisis, 1558-1569 by Stephen Alford( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward VI : the last boy king by Stephen Alford( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII, became king at the age of nine and died wholly unexpectedly at the age of fifteen. All around him loomed powerful men who hoped to use the child to further their own ends, but who were also playing a long game - assuming that Edward would long outlive them and become as commanding a figure as his father had been. Stephen Alford's book gives full play to the murky, sinister nature of Edward's reign, but is also a poignant account of a boy learning to rule, learning to enjoy his growing power and to come out of the shadows of the great aristocrats around him. England's last child monarch, Edward would have led his country in a quite different direction to the catastrophic one caused by his death
Edward VI by Stephen Alford( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A secret history of the reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the unflagging battle by spies, codebreakers, ambassadors and confidence-men to protect Queen Elizabeth I. It was a reign that required endless watchfulness - of the coasts, of the Catholic seminaries, of Elizabeth's own subjects
Edward VI : the last boy kiing by Stephen Alford( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Obserwatorzy : tajna historia panowania Elżbiety I by Stephen Alford( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Polish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Cecil and the British succession crisis of the 1560s by Stephen Alford( Book )

2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'William Cecil and the British succession crisis of the 1560s' reconsiders the nature of the early Elizabethan polity and Cecil's place in it. Conventional historiography maintains that as principal secretary Cecil was a moderate, cautious, and religiously neutral politician, content to follow Elizabeth I's direction in policy. More recently, Professors Patrick Collinson and John Guy have challenged this interpretation of the Elizabethan polity. Based on a thorough survey of the archives, my thesis explores Cecil's political creed in the 1560s. Three years of research have helped to paint a radically different picture of Cecil to the one traditionally represented: he was a councillor prepared to redefine his relationship with a monarch who refused to abide by the rules of monarchy and select a successor. The eight chapters of the thesis blend two complementary themes. First, that Elizabethan in the 1560s experienced a British succession crisis and not, as Professor Collinson has maintained, an English domestic succession crisis. And second, that the political situation in Britain and Europe - the determination of the continental catholic powers to use Mary Stuart's claim to the English throne as a weapon against protestant England - had a profound impact on the mentality of protestant Englishmen and debate in England. It persuaded Cecil to press for a pre-emptive strike against the French in Scotland (chapter two), which he defended by appealing to the feudal-imperial power of the English monarch; he used the same argument to justify the 'first trial' of Mary Stuart in 1568 (chapter seven). In this British context, Elizabeth's refusal to secure England's future led to parliamentary action in 1563 and a Cecil plan for interregnum by privy council in the event of Elizabeth's death, twenty-two years before its re-emergence in 1585 (chapter four). The régime could not find a diplomatic solution to the marriage between Mary and Lord Darnley in 1565 (chapter five): parliament debated the succession in 1566 and Cecil disobeyed the queen by pressing for a settlement (chapter six). Cecil's approach to the crisis was innovative, and his political creed is profoundly important to any assessment of politics in Elizabeth I's reign
EDWARD VI (PENGUIN MONARCHS) : the last boy king by Stephen Alford( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Francis Walsingham and mid-Elizabethan political culture by Hannah Susan Coates( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Kingship and politics in the reign of Edward VI : Stephen Alford by Stephen Alford( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Monarchy -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
Kingship and politics in the reign of Edward VI : Stephen Alford by Stephen Alford( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI (Cambridge) by Stephen Alford( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A saturation flow analysis for Winnipeg by Stephen Alford( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The reception of Romans 13:1-7 during the English Reformation by Steven Michael Foster( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Politics and political history in the Tudor century by Stephen Alford( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Kingship and politics in the reign of Edward VI
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Burghley : William Cecil at the court of Elizabeth IThe early Elizabethan polity : William Cecil and the British succession crisis, 1558-1569
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ஸ்டீபன் ஆல்ஃபோர்டு

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