Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland by Christopher HighleyCatholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland by Christopher Highley

Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland

byChristopher Highley

Hardcover | October 7, 2008

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Modern scholars, fixated on the 'winners' in England's sixteenth- and seventeenth-century religious struggles, have too readily assumed the inevitability of Protestantism's historical triumph and have uncritically accepted the reformers' own rhetorical construction of themselves as embodimentsof an authentic Englishness. Christopher Highley interrogates this narrative by examining how Catholics from the reign of Mary Tudor to the early seventeenth century contested and shaped discourses of national identity, patriotism, and Englishness. Accused by their opponents of espousing an alienreligion, 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 Catholicimagining of England was mainly the project of the exiles who had left their homeland in search of religious toleration and foreign assistance.English Catholics constructed narratives of their own religious heritage and identity, however, not only in response to Protestant polemic but also as part of intra-Catholic rivalries that pitted Marian clergy against seminary priests, secular priests against Jesuits, and exiled English Catholicsagainst their co-religionists from other parts of Britain and Ireland. Drawing on the reassessments of English Catholicism by John Bossy, Christopher Haigh, Alexandra Walsham, Michael Questier and others, Catholics Writing the Nation foregrounds the faultlines within and between the variousCatholic communities of the Atlantic archipelago. Eschewing any confessional bias, Highley's book is an interdisciplinary cultural study of an important but neglected dimension of Early Modern English Catholicism. In charting the complex Catholic engagement with questions of cultural and national identity, he discusses a range of genres, texts,and documents both in print and manuscript, including ecclesiastical histories, polemical treatises, antiquarian tracts, and correspondence. His argument weaves together a rich historical narrative of people, events, and texts while also offering contextualized close readings of specific works byfigures such as Edmund Campion, Robert Persons, Thomas Stapleton, and Richard Verstegan.
Christopher Highley received his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in 1990 and has taught since then at The Ohio State University. He is the author of iShakespeare, Spenser, and the Crisis in Ireland/i (Cambridge, 1997) and the co-editor of two collections of essays: iJohn Foxe and his World/i (Ashgate, 2002) and iCatholic Cul...
Title:Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and IrelandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:October 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199533407

ISBN - 13:9780199533404


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: English Catholics and Discourses of the Nation2. First Wave: Exile and Catholic Identity 1558-15703. Turks, Northerners, and the Barbarous Heretic4. 'The lost British lamb': Religion and National Identity among English, Welsh, and Scottish Catholics5. English Catholics and Ireland6. Anglo-Spanish Relations and the Hispaniolized English CatholicEpilogue