News and rumour in Jacobean England

Information, court politics and diplomacy, 1618–25

By David Coast

News and rumour in Jacobean England

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8948-0
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: July 2014
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century, Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, History, History & Archaeology, c 1500 onwards to present day, General & world history, 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


This study examines how political news was concealed, manipulated and distorted during the tumultuous later years of James I's reign. It investigates how the flow of information was managed and suppressed at the centre, as well as how James I attempted to mislead a variety of audiences about his policies and intentions. It also examines the reception and unintended consequences of his behaviour, and explores the political significance of the mis- and dis-information that circulated in court and country. It thereby contributes to a wider range of historical debates that reach across the politics and political culture of the reign and beyond, advancing new arguments about censorship, counsel and the formation of policy; propaganda and royal image-making; political rumours and the relationship between elite and popular politics, as well as shedding new light on the nature and success of James I's style of rule.


David Coast is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at Bath Spa University


1. Controlling the flow of diplomatic information
2. Secrecy, counsel and 'outward shows'
3. Political rumours
4. Rumour in court politics
5. Managing the news during Prince Charles' trip to Madrid, 1623
6. The politics of rumour during Buckingham's illness, 1624

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