Early Modern Catholics, Royalists, and Cosmopolitans considers how the marginalized perspective of 16th-century English Catholic exiles and 17th-century English royalist exiles helped to generate a form of cosmopolitanism that was rooted in contemporary religious and national identities but also transcended those identities. Author Brian C. Lockey argues that English discourses of nationhood were in conversation with two opposing 'cosmopolitan' perspectives, one that sought to cultivate and sustain the emerging English nationalism and imperialism and another that challenged English nationhood from the perspective of those Englishmen who viewed the kingdom as one province within the larger transnational Christian commonwealth. Lockey illustrates how the latter cosmopolitan perspective, produced within two communities of exiled English subjects, separated in time by half a century, influenced fiction writers such as Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Anthony Munday, Sir John Harington, John Milton, and Aphra Behn. Ultimately, he shows that early modern cosmopolitans critiqued the emerging discourse of English nationhood from a traditional religious and political perspective, even as their writings eventually gave rise to later secular Enlightenment forms of cosmopolitanism.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: Catholics, royalists, cosmopolitans: writing early modern England into the Christian commonwealth. Part I: Papal supremacy and the citizen of the world; Border-crossing and translation: the cosmopolitics of Edmund Campion, S.J., Anthony Munday, and Sir John Harington; Cosmopolitan romance: Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and the fiction of imperial justice; Traitor or cosmopolitan? Captain Thomas Stukeley in the courts of Christendom. Part II: Part II introduction: Royalists; From foreign war to civil war: the royalist reinvention of the Christian commonwealth; The Christian nation and beyond: CamÃµes's Os LusÃadas and John Milton’s Cosmopolitan Republic; Royalist turned cosmopolitan: Aphra Behn’s portrait of the prostituted sovereign. Conclusion: the public sphere and the legacy of the Christian commonwealth; Works cited; Index.