Half Title Page.
Introduction: Shakespeare's England.
Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Documents.
Chronology of English History from the Birth of Elizabeth I to the Death of William Shakespeare, 1533–1616.
1: Society and Economy.
2: An Englishman Claims Land in Elizabethan Ireland: The Life and Times of Sir Peter Carew (1568).
3: The Sword of Elizabethan Education: Roger Ascham's The Schoolmaster (1570).
4: English Women: Accounts of Male English Observers (1550, 1577).
5: English Women: Accounts of Male Foreign Observers (1575, 1585).
6: High Rents and Hard Times for Land Tenants: William Harrison's Description of England (1577).
7: The Cost of Defending the Realm: The Forced Loan of 1588.
8: The Elizabethan Underworld: Robert Greene's Cony-Catching Pamphlets (1592).
9: The Dangers of Lengthy Leases for Land Tenants: Thomas Wilson's The State of England, Anno Dom. 1600 (1600).
10: A Piece of Elizabethan Self-Promotion: William Kempe's Nine Days Wonder (1600).
11: The Elizabethan Poor Law of 1601.
12: Church and State.
13: The Powers of Parliament: Sir Thomas Smith's De Republica Anglorum (1565).
14: Government Control of the Printing Press: Star Chamber Censorship Ordinances (1566, 1586) and Philip Stubbs’ Comments on Censorship (1593).
15: Who May Summon Parliament and Why: John Hooker's Order and Usage (1571).
16: Protecting Queen and Realm from Catholic Plots: Letter of the Bishop of London to Lord Burghley (1572).
17: An Illegal Celebration of the Catholic Mass: Letters from the Bishop of London to Lord Burghley and the Earl of Leicester (1573).
18: Criticizing the Queen: Peter Wentworth's Speech in the House of Commons (1576).
19: A Description of the New World: The First Expedition to Sir Walter Raleigh's Virginia (1584).
20: The Destruction of the Spanish Armada: News Accounts from Ireland (1588).
21: Priest Hunters Search a House for Hidden Catholic Clergy: John Gerard's Autobiography (1591).
22: Defending the Elizabethan Church: Richard Hooker's Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593).
23: Literature and History.
24: Criticizing Elizabethan Playgoers: Stephen Gosson's School of Abuse (1579).
25: A Contemporary Description of Elizabethan England: John Lyly's Novel Euphues and His England (1580).
26: An Elizabethan Defense of Poets and Their Work: Sir Philip Sidney's Treatise “An Apology for Poetry” (1581).
27: William Shakespeare and His Sources: The Second Edition of Holinshed's Chronicle (1587) and Richard III (c. 1592–1593).
28: Extolling the Reign of Gloriana: Introduction to Book IV of Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene (1596).
29: William Shakespeare's Commentary on Contemporary Acting: Hamlet, Act III, Scene 2 (c. 1600–1601).
30: The Changing Character of Elizabethan Theater: Playwright Thomas Middleton from the Introduction to His Play The Roaring Girl (1611).
31: Elizabethan Sonnets: The Earl of Oxford's “Love Thy Choice” (c. 1576) and William Shakespeare's Sonnets 116 and 150 (1609).
32: Accounts of Performances of William Shakespeare's Macbeth (1610) and A Winter's Tale (1611): The Diary of Dr. Simon Forman.
33: Writing the History of Elizabeth's Reign: William Camden's The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth (1615).
34: The Queen.
35: The Queen on Progress: Robert Laneham's Account of the Queen's Entertainment by the Earl of Leicester at Kenilworth Castle (1575).
36: The Queen's Marriage: Pros and Cons of the Proposed Match with the Duke of Anjou (1579).
37: Elizabeth the Poet Laments the Final Leave-Taking of the Duke of Anjou: “On Monsieur's Departure” (1582).
38: Protecting the Protestant Queen: The Bond of Association (1584–1585).
39: The Death of a Queen: Richard Wigmore's Description of the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1587).
40: “The Serpent That Poisons Me”: Elizabeth's Letters to James VI of Scotland on the Execution of His Mother (1587–1588).
41: Turning English Catholics against the Queen: Cardinal William Allen's An Admonition to the Nobility and People of England (1588).
42: Elizabeth Defies the King of Spain: Dr. Lionel Sharp's Version of the Queen's Speech to Her Army at Tilbury Camp (1588).
43: The Queen's Valedictory: Elizabeth's “Golden Speech” (1601).
44: A Look Back at Elizabeth's Coronation: Sir John Hayward's Annals of the First Four Years of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1612).
Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in Text.
Glossary of Terms Mentioned in Text.
About the Author.