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"Will reopen the debates about patronage and technology in Elizabethan England and steer the conversation in productive new directions."

"This book is well researched, well written, and stimulating, and it will appeal to a wide audience."

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"An original and compelling study of the invention of a new social role in Elizabethan England: the expert mediator. As detailed by Eric Ash, this development was determined in part by the European rivalry over commercial trade routes and colonial dominion as well as by the increasing centralization of power in England under Henry VIII and Elizabeth. Indeed, this study adds a fascinating dimension not just to accounts of centralization, but also to the story of the rise of modern science."