Life of Edward Stanley, Third Earl of Derby (1521-1572): Noble Power and the Tudor Monarchy

Author: Zevin, Edward
Year:2010
Pages:376
ISBN:0-7734-3618-9
978-0-7734-3618-3
Price:239.95
The study examines the relationship between the sixteenth-century English nobility and the Tudor monarchy, as reflected by the career of Edward Stanley, third earl of Derby (1521-1572). The work demonstrates that the earl’s relations with his tenants and local landowners could be just as important as his relations with the Crown.

Reviews

“. . . contributes to a growing consensus among scholars that the crown worked in partnership with the nobility to govern Tudor England.”
Prof. Jeri McIntosh, University of Tennessee

Table of Contents

Foreword by Andrea Finkelstein
Acknowledgements
Key to Abbreviations used in Foot-Notes
INTRODUCTION
A. Historiographical Background
B. The Third Earl of Derby
C. Book Summary
D. The Sources
CHAPTER I. ORIGINS OF THE INHERITANCE A. The rise of the Stanleys (1385-1521)
B. The inheritance under the second earl of Derby
CHAPTER II. THE ROYAL WARDSHIP 1521-1530 A. Treatment of the Ward
B. Treatment of the Inheritance
C. The Royal Wardship and Local Influence
CHAPTER III. THE EARLY YEARS: COURT & COUNTY 1530-1536 A. Marriages and Court Politics
B. Asserting authority in the North
CHAPTER IV. LOCAL INFLUENCE Introduction
A. The isolation of Lancashire
B. The Earl's "Retinue" and Relations with the Local Gentry
C. Local Influence and the Crown
CHAPTER V. THE THIRD EARL OF DERBY AND THE PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE 1536-7 Introduction

A. The Loyalty of the Earl of Derby
B. The Pilgrimage of Grace: Obeying the king's orders
C. The Earl and the Gentry: Controlling Lancashire
D. The Earl and the Commons: the "Good Lord" of Lancashire
Conclusion CHAPTER VI. NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CROWN, 1536-
CHAPTER VII. ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Introduction
A. Buying and Selling Land
B. The Earl and his Tenants: Rental Policy
C. The Derby Household: Keeping Expenses Down
Conclusion
CHAPTER VIII. THE REIGN OF EDWARD VI, 1547-1553 Introduction
A. The Earl of Derby at Edward VI's accession
B. Local control and the lieutenancy
C. Politics and religion
Conclusion
CHAPTER IX. THE REIGN OF MARY I, 1553-1558
A. National Politics: The Privy Council and the Spanish Marriage
B. The Local Scene: Military considerations
C. Politics and religion
Conclusion
CHAPTER X. THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH I, 1558-1572 Introduction: The New Regime
A. Enforcing Religious Policy 1559-1568
B. The Northern Rebellion of 1569
C. Strained Relations with the Community and the Crown
CHAPTER XI. MAINTAINING THE FAMILY
CONCLUSION A. The Earl of Derby's Funeral and Epitaphs
B. Summary of the Book
Conclusion