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Print, religion and identity: The cultural significance of Thomas Gage

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posted on 22.08.2017 by Catherine Armstrong
This article revisits the Atlantic significance of Thomas Gage, by placing his experience in the context of the religious turmoil of the seventeenth century and of stories of other converts from Catholicism, showing that his biographers’ judgement of him, as uniquely heinous, is unjustified. Five aspects of his life are explored, illustrating the complexities of his experience and the liminality of his identity. His early life as a Catholic, the renouncing of his faith in 1642, his life as an author, a traveller and a propagandist are discussed, concluding that Gage’s hybrid identity was an example of the way that isolated figures in the Anglo-Atlantic world negotiated a safe passage through the religious turmoil of the early Stuart and Civil War eras.

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  • Politics and International Studies

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Atlantic Studies

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ARMSTRONG, C.M., 2017. Print, religion and identity: The cultural significance of Thomas Gage. Atlantic Studies, 15 (4), pp.451-475.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

09/08/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Atlantic Studies on 12 September 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14788810.2017.1372968.

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1478-8810

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