By Brian C. Lockey
Early sleek Catholics, Royalists, and Cosmopolitans considers how the marginalized standpoint of 16th-century English Catholic exiles and 17th-century English royalist exiles helped to generate a sort of cosmopolitanism that used to be rooted in modern non secular and nationwide identities but in addition transcended these identities.
Author Brian C. Lockey argues that English discourses of nationhood have been in dialog with opposing 'cosmopolitan' views, one who sought to domesticate and maintain the rising English nationalism and imperialism and one other that challenged English nationhood from the viewpoint of these Englishmen who seen the dominion as one province in the better transnational Christian commonwealth.
Lockey illustrates how the latter cosmopolitan viewpoint, produced inside of groups of exiled English matters, separated in time by way of part a century, inspired fiction writers akin to Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Anthony Munday, Sir John Harington, John Milton, and Aphra Behn. eventually, he exhibits that early smooth cosmopolitans critiqued the rising discourse of English nationhood from a standard spiritual and political standpoint, whilst their writings ultimately gave upward thrust to later secular Enlightenment different types of cosmopolitanism.
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And as we shall see in the first part of this book, Sidney’s conception of the international order, like that of Munday’s, Harington’s, and Spenser’s, is not unrelated to Persons and Sander’s conception of the Christian commonwealth, governed by a papal sovereign with the power to depose unruly, evil, or heretical secular rulers. Like other writers considered in the pages that follow, Sidney’s portrayal of the larger transnational commonwealths of Asia Minor and later Greece secularizes the pope-centered commonwealth of his Catholic enemies.
85 “Frederick II’s Letter to the kings of Christendom,” in J. ), Historia Diplomatica Friderici Secundi (6 vols, Paris, 1860), vol. ” English translation in Tierney, Crisis of Church and State, 145–6. 83 Introduction 25 the crown’s official response to Pope Pius V’s Regnans in Excelsis. 86 During the years leading up to the papal excommunication of Queen Elizabeth (1570), English perceptions of the boundary between church and state were less settled than those of their continental counterparts.
In his dealings abroad, Euarchus displays altruism towards the neighboring realm of Arcadia, as well as a desire to restore the rule of law in a country where chaos and disorder have taken hold. Moreover, his attempt to form an alliance with Basilius, the sovereign of Arcadia, has no religious component; rather he seeks to ally Macedonia with Arcadia based on regional solidarity, a common Greek identity, and the fact that both sovereigns find themselves in similar situations. Sidney’s own approach to political engagement overseas shows that he himself sought to emulate a similar strategy.