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“Reforming” the Knights of Malta: Male Chastity and Temperance in Five Early Modern Plays

Jane Hwang Degenhardt

in Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640843
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.003.0005
“Reforming” the Knights of Malta: Male Chastity and Temperance in Five Early Modern Plays

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This chapter is concerned with the revival of the Knights of Malta in five plays performed sometime between 1589 and 1621, which refer to the territorial battles between the Christians and Muslims. It tries to determine if English plays model the redemption of Christian renegades by accepting the Knights' Catholic vow of chastity. It also shows that the figure of a chaste Knight of Malta encouraged a model of English masculinity that could resist and carry out imperialism in honourable ways.

Keywords: Knights of Malta; vow of chastity; English masculinity; imperialism; Christian renegades; territorial battles; redemption

Chapter.  22683 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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