Nottinghamshire’s Bitter 1593 Election

A Nottinghamshire election in 1593 descended into farce, violence and, ultimately, futility.

Gilbert Talbot, 7th earl of Shrewsbury, by William Segar, c.1590. Christies Images/Bridgeman Images.

In 1593 the threat of Spanish invasion was still rife, even five years after the failed Armada. Queen Elizabeth required money to cover the expenses of defending England and a Parliament was called. The 1593 election to choose the two MPs who would represent Nottinghamshire in that Parliament forced the county’s powerful families to take sides. The election would become a violent and bitter farce.

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