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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage$
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Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640843

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.001.0001

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“Reforming” the Knights of Malta: Male Chastity and Temperance in Five Early Modern Plays

“Reforming” the Knights of Malta: Male Chastity and Temperance in Five Early Modern Plays

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(p.152) Chapter 4 “Reforming” the Knights of Malta: Male Chastity and Temperance in Five Early Modern Plays
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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage
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Jane Hwang Degenhardt

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.003.0005

This chapter is concerned with the revival of the Knights of Malta in five plays performed sometime between 1589 and 1621, which refer to the territorial battles between the Christians and Muslims. It tries to determine if English plays model the redemption of Christian renegades by accepting the Knights' Catholic vow of chastity. It also shows that the figure of a chaste Knight of Malta encouraged a model of English masculinity that could resist and carry out imperialism in honourable ways.

Keywords:   Knights of Malta, vow of chastity, English masculinity, imperialism, Christian renegades, territorial battles, redemption

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