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This England: Essays on the English Nation and Commonwealth in the Sixteenth Century

Patrick Collinson


This book is a response to a demand for a history which is no less social than political, investigating what it meant to be a citizen of England living through the 1570s and 1580s. It examines the growing conviction of ‘Englishness’ in the sixteenth century, through the rapidly developing English language; the reinforcement of cultural nationalism as a result of the Protestant Reformation; the national and international situation of England at a time of acute national catastrophe; and through Queen Elizabeth I, the last of her line, who remained unmarried throughout her reign, refusing to even ... More

Keywords: citizen of England, Englishness, sixteenth century, English language, cultural nationalism, Protestant Reformation, Queen Elizabeth I, succession, Elizabethans, commonwealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084423
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Collinson, author