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Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530–1580$
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Cathy Shrank

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268887.001.0001

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Andrew Borde: Authorship and Identity in Reformation England

Andrew Borde: Authorship and Identity in Reformation England

(p.27) 1 Andrew Borde: Authorship and Identity in Reformation England
Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530–1580

Cathy Shrank (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how the physician and ex-Carthusian monk Borde (or Boorde) used his letters and printed works in the immediate aftermath of the first wave of the English Reformation to fashion a persona which was unthreateningly loyal to the royal supremacy. Particular attention is paid to his travel writing, which he uses to praise all things English and denigrate other nations (especially England's neighbours, Ireland, Scotland and Wales); to Borde's often extravagantly Latinate linguistic style and his promotion of the rich variety of the English language; and to Borde's medical works, in which he promotes both the idea of an English body, suited to a particular diet, and an image of himself as determinedly un-Carthusian (with a fondness for red meat and alcohol). The final part of the chapter traces evidence of Borde's traditional religious outlook in his writings and his eventual exposure as an adherent to the old faith.

Keywords:   Andrew Borde, Carthusians, medical works, Reformation, royal supremacy, travel writing

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