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The greatest English Renaissance poet also devoted twenty years to prose writing in the advancement of religious, civil and political liberties. The Tenure of the Kings and the Magistrates and A Defence of the People of England are included in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521343947
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1991
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

As a young student, John Milton (1608-1674) dreamed of bringing the poetic elocution of Homer and Virgil to the English language. Milton realized this dream with his graceful, sonorous Paradise Lost, now considered the most influential epic poem in English literature. In sublime poetry of extraordinary beauty, Paradise Lost has inspired generations of artists and their works, ranging from the Romantic poets to the books of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on the texts; Introduction; Principal events in Milton's life; Bibliographical note; List of abbreviations; Part I. The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates; Part II. A Defence of the People of England; Biographical notes; Index of scriptural citations; Index of subjects; Index of proper names.

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