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"Becoming English": Nationality, terminology, and changing sides in the Late Middle Ages

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Late medieval English chronicles contain several puzzling references to the idea of people ›becoming English‹ by changing allegiance, usually in the context of war. How does this fit in with the predominantly ›racial‹ understanding of nationhood that permeated late-medieval English literary texts and official rhetoric, based on well-established ideas about birth, blood and heredity? These assumptions provided a powerfully persistent backdrop to late-medieval English writers’ constructions of ...

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10.1553/medievalworlds_no5_2017s57

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Exeter College
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Austrian Academy of Sciences Press Publisher's website
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Medieval Worlds Journal website
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5
Pages:
57-69
Publication date:
2017-07-05
Acceptance date:
2017-04-20
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2412-3196
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pubs:703162
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uri:4151230b-1a6b-4aa5-b0ef-76a9c2dfde23
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uuid:4151230b-1a6b-4aa5-b0ef-76a9c2dfde23
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pubs:703162

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