By Scott Oldenburg
Using either canonical and underappreciated texts, Alien Albion argues that early smooth England was once a ways much less unified and xenophobic than literary critics have formerly urged. Juxtaposing literary texts from the interval with felony, spiritual, and monetary files, Scott Oldenburg uncovers how immigrants to England solid ties with their English hosts and the way these relationships have been mirrored in literature that imagined inclusive, multicultural communities.
Through discussions of civic pageantry, the performs of dramatists together with William Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, and Thomas Middleton, the poetry of Anne Dowriche, and the prose of Thomas Deloney, Alien Albion demanding situations assumptions in regards to the origins of English nationwide id and the significance of non secular, classification, and native identities within the early smooth era.
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Extra resources for Alien Albion: Literature and Immigration in Early Modern England
Unlike the strangers in Rough’s congregation, however, these tradesmen appear to have been protected primarily out of guild solidarity, a phenomenon that will be examined in chapters 3 and 4. As with nearly all events involving strangers in early modern England, complex considerations of religion, economy, and the traditional rights of the city trumped the more facile consideration of immigration status or supposed national identity. We have, on the one hand, anti-alien legislation and the enthusiasm of Bonner and Gardiner for eradicating Protestant refugees from the realm.
Perhaps because of the ease with which she defeated Jane Grey’s supporters, Mary I did not feel the need to publish an authoritative text of her accession for use as propaganda. 14 These accounts tend to privilege spectacle over speech, but an examination of them nonetheless sheds light on the relationship between Mary’s court, which would demand a uniform culture of Catholic revival, and London, a city increasingly aware of its cosmopolitanism. To get at the unique character of Mary’s entry, I will begin by comparing the Fenchurch Street pageants of several early modern royal entries.
In September 1553 Mary had hardly even begun to rule and had not yet started the fires at Smithfield. For the moment the new monarch’s From the Dutch Acrobat to Hance Beerpot 29 monocultural ambitions were placed in check by London’s theatrical lobbying. ”31 In the aftermath of Wyatt’s rebellion, new anti-alien legislation was put forth to expel strangers from the realm. On 18 August 1554, when London celebrated Philip’s royal entry and coronation, Peter, the apparent star of Mary’s first royal entry as queen, was nowhere to be found; he may have left England, or he may have been keeping a low profile given Mary’s now clear hostility towards Dutch and French immigrants, particularly of the artisan class.