Date of Award:

5-2003

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Arts (MA)

Department:

History

Committee

Norman Jones

Committee

Robert Mueller

Committee

Robert Cole

Abstract

This study concentrates on Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, a resident ambassador sent to France in the first years of Elizabeth's reign. He had never held a high level government position before this time, but was remembered for his ability to give advice on matters of foreign policy. Typically historians have approached the subject of the Queen's policy from a top down perspective. This thesis attempts to redress this view by looking at how diplomacy was conducted through the eyes of a diplomat.

The culture of diplomacy created statesmen and foreign policy advisors out of the diplomats in Elizabeth's reign. Ambassadors and diplomats like Throckmorton provided incalculable service to their monarch. Throckmorton utilized the opportunities for Elizabeth's success in securing her kingdom from those who sought to exploit the weakness of her position. Among the topics discussed in this work are diplomatic culture, advice, and early Elizabethan foreign policy.

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