The rise of English nationalism as reflected in the non-dramatic literature of the Renaissance
Britton, Enid Payne
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The Renaissance was an abundantly productive period of English history. Thera are multitudinous volumes of literature still preserved from this era. Perhaps one could almost say, "Seek and ye shall find," for this was a period of great change. It held many of the beginnings of the Modern period and retained many of the institutions and ideas of the Medieval period. Historians have set the sixteenth century apart because it cannot be rightly called either modern or medieval. During Medieval times all of man's loyalties and energies were directed to unity, unity in the empire with the Catholic Church. In Modern times (since the seventeenth century) man's loyalties have been directed toward his country, his nation. Somewhere in between these two periods of history (the Renaissance)the change occurred. It is to this search for beginnings, for hints of the rise of nationalism - one of the greatest forces directing our times - that this paper is dedicated.