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Milton and the People
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Milton and the People

Paul Hammond


Who are ‘the people’ in Milton’s writing? They figure prominently in his texts from early youth to late maturity, in his poetry and in his prose works; they are invoked as the sovereign power in the state and have the right to overthrow tyrants; they are also, as God’s chosen people, the guardians of the true Protestant path against those who would corrupt or destroy the Reformation. They are entrusted with the preservation of liberty in both the secular and the spiritual spheres. And yet Milton is uncomfortably aware that the people are rarely sufficiently moral, pure, intelligent, or energet ... More

Keywords: Milton, people, vulgar, multitude, political

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hammond, author
Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds