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Remembering Sir Francis Drake: Travel, commemoration and national identity in the work of Henry Robarts

Ord, Melanie

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© Manchester University Press. Henry Robarts is a little-known writer whose work includes prose romances, records of state entertainments, and commendatory pamphlets on travel. This article pays particular attention to his celebrations of Sir Francis Drake, which form part of a sub-genre of writing on travel and which provide insights into how voyages of discovery figured in the late-sixteenth-century popular imagination. It considers how Robarts theorises the act of commemoration in these and other texts, and looks at the crucial role he imagines both it and travel to play in shaping England's national identity.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Literature and History
Print ISSN 0306-1973
Electronic ISSN 2050-4594
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 1-17
APA6 Citation Ord, M. (2014). Remembering Sir Francis Drake: Travel, commemoration and national identity in the work of Henry Robarts. Literature and History, 23(2), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.7227/LH.23.2.1
DOI https://doi.org/10.7227/LH.23.2.1
Keywords Henry Robarts, travel writing, Sir Francis Drake, commemoration, national identity
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.7227/LH.23.2.1
Additional Information Additional Information : ©2014. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications

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