Cuttica, Cesare (Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute Florence, Italy)
History of European Ideas, 32, 139–161, (2006)
This article has three main goals. Firstl, it intends to present the interesting but little-studied intellectual figure of Sir Francis Kynaston (1586ca.–1642), his educational enterprises, and his contributions to 17th-century English culture. Secondly, it aims to illustrate in detail his often neglected or, at best, misunderstood political ideas and connect them to the type of debates and controversies he was involved in at the end of the 1620s. In doing so, one of the principal objectives will be to revisit the traditional scholarly interpretations of Kynaston’s place within the history of political thought in early modern England. In particular, attention will be paid to the language Kynaston employed to attack a specific political paradigm, that is parliamentarian ‘‘patriotism’’. Finally, the essay will endeavour to show the interplay between Kynaston’s educational project and cultural ideals, on one side, and his absolutist political doctrines and goals, on the other.