The aim of this contextual commentary is to bring together a corpus of research, commentary and related texts to The True-Born Englishman. In doing this, I am hopefully creating a useful reference tool. One of the main aims of my digital edition is to provide a cost-free version of the text with a network of related material all in one place. As detailed in my rationale, the contextual commentary is important when showing how digital publishing can improve the representation of old texts; going above and changing the limitations of using printed works as reference tools; and in aiming to improve the reading and studying of The True-Born Englishman. My work here is not an exhaustive list of sources or an exhaustive reference guide, for this reason the commentary will reflect upon some of the main works (print and digital) that have sought to contextualise and understand The True-Born Englishman.
The Contextual Commentary will focus on a selection of key themes in relation to The True-Born Englishman. The focus therefore will be on John Tutchin’s The Foreigners, King William III and the Glorious revolution: with an exploration of Defoe’s political theory and Defoe in relation to the Monmouth Rebellion. There will also be a section devoted to the standing army debate, European war and the balance of power. The commentary will, using hyperlinks, link to and from the online edition.
(The related texts (inter-texts) will be listed along with links to subscription digital facsimiles and cost free versions, at the bottom of each section. There will also be a link for each text to the ESTC’s full bibliographical record)