Date of Award
Ph.D. in History
Arch Dalrymple III Department of History
Joseph P Ward
This dissertation examines the emergence of English identity that captivity and Muslims challenged from 1580-1640 as expressed captivity narratives. The narratives provide numerous insights into the emerging English identity as Englishmen explored and became captives in the Mediterranean in the late Elizabethan and early Stuart period. The captivity narratives are unique in that they portray Englishmen at their weakest and in the most helpless situations as England attempted to spread its trade relations throughout the Mediterranean. Few other genres of literature provide such insight into English identity through the particular experience as captivity. Overall, this can provide one more step along the path of understanding what it meant to be English in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England.
Gillaspie, Joel, "English Identity and Muslim Captivity in the Mediterranean, 1580-1640" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1429.