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Biblical rhetoric: the English nation and national sentiment in the prophetic mode

Patrick Collinson

in This England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084423
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084423.003.0007
Biblical rhetoric: the English nation and national sentiment in the prophetic mode

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When members of the Elizabethan parliaments demanded of their queen that she marry or otherwise determine the succession to the crown, they sometimes spoke with feeling of England. Early modernists hope that they may at least be permitted to write of ‘patriotism’. Granted that there were many ‘patrias’, from the homestead and parish pump upwards and outwards, this chapter focuses on that species of patriotism which was national sentiment. Where did national patriotic sentiment come from, or, a more modest and manageable question, where and how did it find a voice? This chapter suggests that there was a source of nationhood, the religious imagination, which was the conscience, informed and excited by the Bible.

Keywords: Bible; patriotism; nationalism; England; religious imagination

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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