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For God, King, and People: Forging Commonwealth Bonds in Renaissance Virginia

Alexander B. Haskell


This book resituates the beginnings of English colonization in America in a Renaissance and post-Reformation context in which providential thought and conceptualizations of sovereignty were complexly entwined. Fearful that God resented the timidity with which English monarchs brandished their divinely granted power, colonizers encouraged a bold reimagining of royal duties as extending across the vast Atlantic. At the same time, they theorized colonization as a calling to which all resolute Christians were lawfully bound, thus setting into motion a Virginian colonizing enterprise in which plant ... More

Keywords: Virginia, commonwealth, Providence, sovereignty, colonization, Hobbes, planters, Renaissance, Reformation, sovereign state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618029
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander B. Haskell, author
University of California, Riverside