The Making of Englishmen

Debates on National Identity 1550-1650

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Making the Englishmen: Debates on National Identity 1550-1650 asks how Englishmen defined themselves at a time of profound change and uncertainty. It will seek to contextualise the ways in which Englishness came to be construed as free, plain and unCatholic, and situate this construction as part of a larger attempt to create a narrative which would distinguish them from the rest of Europe.
But all such attempts were fraught with anxiety and contestation. The normative ideals of Englishness were constantly being undermined, affronted and ignored. In the disarray characteristic of the post-Reformation era, there were constant fears that the Englishman was becoming both slavish and treacherous in political, cultural and religious ways. Englishness was under threat.
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Biographical Note

Hilary Larkin, PhD Cantab., (2008) is currently an adjunct researcher at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

Table of contents

Preface
Conventions
List of Figures
Introduction


PART ONE: THE PLAIN ENGLISHMAN

1. The Rise of an Ethos of Plainness
2. The Plain-Speaking Englishman
A Language in Flux
The Cult of Homespun Speech
Politicisation of the Plain Englishman
The Speech of Returned Travellers
The Courtier’s Velvet Terms
Discoursing Gestures

3. The Image of the Englishman
The Politics of Appearances
A Golden Age of Native Dress
The Materials of Identity
A World of Fashions
Dressing the Head


PART TWO: THE LOYAL ENGLISHMAN

4. The Development of an Anti-Catholic Narrative

5. The Estrangement of English Catholics
Constructing a Plain, Protestant and Un-French Utopia
The Alienation of the Jesuits
The ideological battle against Spanishness
Debating National Authenticity

6. The Fabrication of a Jesuited Mock Weal
Catholic Reassertions of Englishness
Staging Englishness and Jesuitism
Machiavels and Mercuries in the Caroline Era
The Triumph of a Stereotype


PART THREE: THE FREE ENGLISHMAN

7. The Growth of a Rhetoric of Liberty

8. The Rights-Bearing Englishman
Early Statements in Parliament
The 1628 Synthesis of Rights
Liberties as Popular Polemic
The New Enemies of Liberty
Revolutionary Implications

9. The Neo-Classical Englishman
The Roman Tradition
The Spectre of National Decline
The Brink of Degeneration
The Classical Republican Turn
The ‘Fate’ of English Liberty

Conclusion

Bibliography
Manuscripts
Printed Primary Sources
Secondary Works

Index

Readership

For historians of ideas primarily - it is in the history of political thought series. Also aimed at historians of the phenomenon of nationalism/national identity. Historians of early-modern England and Britain. Cultural historians.

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