The Aspiring Mind of the Elizabethan Younger Generation

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Contents
Introduction: a generational approach to Elizabethan Englandix
i. Social generations in Elizabethan Englandx
ii. Ambition in Elizabethan Englandxviii
I. A burned-out generation3
i. The web of ambition4
ii. The perils of high aspiration10
iii. The fear of overreaching16
II. The orthodox view of ambition24
i. A social evil25
ii. A religious sin30
iii. An unnatural rebellion33
iv. A futile passion41
III. A generation of phoenixes51
i. The upbringing of an Elizabethan governor: Sir Robert Sidney52
ii. The failure of the humanist education58
iii. The deeper spiritual alienation66
iv. The search for new values72
v. The religion of high aspiration79
IV. The bubble reputation87
i. An Elizabethan cavalier at the Spanish War: the Earl of Essex87
ii. The two generations and the war99
iii. The forms of aspiration for honor105
iv. The roots of aspiration for honor112
V. A lust for dominion125
i. An Elizabethan courtier in the political bottleneck years: Sir Robert Cecil125
ii. The two generations in the bottleneck years136
iii. The forms of aspiration for power146
iv. The roots of aspiration for power153

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction: A Generational Approach to Elizabethan England ix
  • I. a Burned-Out Generation 3
  • Ii. the Orthodox View of Ambition 24
  • Iii. a Generation of Phoenixes 51
  • Iv. the Bubble Reputation 87
  • V. a Lust for Dominion 125
  • Vi. Grand Schemes, Impossible to Accomplish 165
  • Vii. the Melancholy Malcontents 202
  • Appendix: Leading Courtiers and Writers of the Generation of 1560 244
  • Bibliography of Works Cited 245
  • Index 262
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