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Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance

Dennis Austin Britton


The infidel-conversion motif—in which Jews and Muslims convert to Christianity—is a staple of romance narratives by Roman Catholic writers in medieval and early modern Europe. Baptisms and conversions of infidels lead to an important telos of the romance genre: Despite their narrative wanderings and deferrals, romances often contain transformations of identity that lead to the incorporation of the other into Christian community. Uses of the infidel-conversion motif wane in post-Reformation England, however, in the wake of a Protestant theology that deemphasized the power of baptism to create C ... More

Keywords: early modern England, Jews, Muslims, Christians, conversion, romance, race, Church of England, Protestant theology, baptism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257140
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis Austin Britton, author
University of New Hampshire