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Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland

Christopher Highley


This book interrogates standard narratives about national identity in early modern England by examining the ways Catholics from the reign of Mary Tudor to the early 17th century contested and shaped discourses of the nation, patriotism, and Englishness. Accused by their opponents of espousing an alien religion, one orchestrated from Rome and sustained by Spain, English Catholics fought back by developing their own self-representations that emphasized how the Catholic faith was an ancient and integral part of true Englishness. After the accession of the Protestant Elizabeth, the Catholic imagin ... More

Keywords: national identity, early modern Catholics, Catholic exiles, religious controversy, Edmund Campion, Robert Persons, Thomas Stapleton, Richard Verstegan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Highley, author
Ohio State University
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