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Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution - Revisited$
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Christopher Hill

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206682

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206682.001.0001

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Postscript to the Revised Edition

Postscript to the Revised Edition

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Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution - Revisited
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Christopher Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206682.003.0020

There seems to have been a generation gap between those who accepted the new ideas and those who rejected them, as one can see in John Milton's relationship to his father. However, John Milton senior died in 1647, when his son had published only one small volume of poems. He was better known as the author of controversial divorce pamphlets, and of Areopagitica. However he had not yet won the political fame that was to be his in the sixteen-fifties, consequent on his remarkable success as defender of the English Revolution, whose achievements he claimed as ‘the most heroic and exemplary… since the foundation of the world’, apparently not excepting the life and death of Christ. So Milton's father had not known of his son's fame to come, when foreigners thought ‘learned Mr. Milton’ the next most important sight in England after Oliver Cromwell; nor of his defeat and degradation in 1660, when he nearly suffered a traitor's death.

Keywords:   John Milton, relationship, father, Areopagitica, English Revolution, England, Oliver Cromwell

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