Anti-Spanish sentiment in early modern England
in Mary and Philip
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This chapter scrutinises Hispanophobia in the historiography of the reign, arguing that not only has it overshadowed any positive reassessment but that it essentialises xenophobia as defining early modern England and reinforces the Black Legend denigration of Spain. It challenges alleged English insularity, pointing to accusations of devotion to everything foreign and embracing diversity. It both examines how the Marian period was invoked under Elizabeth and the role played by the architects of her religious settlement in fostering this image, and demonstrates that the co-monarchy saw no spike in Hispanophobia, but rather a tinge of nostalgia. Despite clever redeployment of anti-Spanish tropes, including associating Spain with Islam and Africa, Philip and Mary’s reign divided opinion and reflected fundamental ambivalence.

Mary and Philip

The marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain

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