British consciousness and identity : the making of Britain, 1533-1707


British consciousness and identity : the making of Britain, 1533-1707

edited by Brendan Bradshaw and Peter Roberts

Cambridge University Press, 1998

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Includes index



The historical resonances of the concept of 'Britain' for the communities of the Atlantic Archipelago in the early modern period are explored here in terms of the ideological demands made upon it. Various and competing concepts of Britishness are examined, from the Henrician legislation which united Wales with England and which created the kingdom of Ireland, to the Act of Union of the realms of England and Scotland. The chequered history of the consciousness of Britain as a polity which embraced the united kingdoms is discussed in relation to the distinctive national identities of the constituent countries, and the question of the impact of 'Britain' on English policy-making under the Tudor, Stuart and the first Hanoverian monarchs is addressed. The puzzling resistance of the Irish to assimilation in contrast to the docility of the Welsh and - eventually - of the Scots is also explored.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. Tudor Wales, national identity and the British inheritance Peter Roberts
  • 2. The English Reformation and identity formation in Ireland and Wales Brendan Bradshaw
  • 3. Faith, culture and sovereignty: Irish nationality and its development, 1558-1625 Marc Caball
  • 4. From English to British literature: John Lyly's Euphues and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene Andrew Hadfield
  • 5. The British problem in three tracts on Ireland by Spenser, Bacon and Milton Willy Maley
  • 6. James Ussher and the creation of an Irish Protestant identity Alan Ford
  • 7. Seventeenth-century Wales: definition and identity Philip Jenkins
  • 8. Scottish identity in the seventeenth century Keith M. Brown
  • 9. The gaidhealtachd and the emergence of the Scottish Highlands Jane Dawson
  • 10. Anglo-Irish unionist discourse, c.1656-1707: from Harrington to Fletcher Jim Smyth
  • Protestantism, constitutionalism and British identity under the later Stuarts Colin Kidd.

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