What was Elizabethan attitude toward foreigners in general and non-Christians (such as Turks) in particular?


The elizabethans were very patriotic and inclined to distrust foreigners, espeically from about 1570 onwards when the Pope excommunicated Elizabeth, and declared it was not a sin to kill her. This caused much anti-Catholic feeling, and the Catholic religion increasingly became identified with foreign interference.
Non-christians would have been a rarity in England I would think, and Othello would probably seem like a very exotic foreigner to the English.

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