The Elizabethan succession question in Roger Edwardes's ‘Castra Regia’ (1569) and ‘Cista Pacis Anglie’ (1576)


  • This article is a revised version of the paper awarded the 2012 Sir John Neale Prize in Tudor History. The author would like to thank Steven Gunn, Tracey Sowerby, Susan Doran, Natalie Mears and the two anonymous reviewers for their comments on earlier drafts of this article.


Roger Edwardes's ‘Castra Regia’ challenges the perception that Elizabethans were diametrically opposed to the queen's refusal to establish the succession in the fifteen-sixties and provides an insight into the undervalued dimension of support for Elizabeth's royal prerogative in matters of succession. Charting the changing nature of Edwardes's views on the succession into the fifteen-seventies with his second succession tract, ‘Cista Pacis Anglie’, this article provides a guide to the development of the succession debate from the polemical tracts of the fifteen-sixties to the well-documented concerns of William Cecil and Thomas Digges in the fifteen-eighties.