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Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England$
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Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230822

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230822.001.0001

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Milton's Second Defence

Milton's Second Defence

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(p.262) 12 Milton's Second Defence
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Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England
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Blair Worden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230822.003.0013

Defensio Secunda is a response to another Latin work, Regii Sanguinis Clamor, ‘The Cry of the Royal Blood’, which was published anonymously in or around late August 1652. Clamor took up the cause of Claudius Salmasius against the English regicides and against John Milton. It savagely attacked the first ‘defence’ (Defensio) and the character of its author. Milton supposed that it had been written, in France or Holland, by the clergyman Alexander More, a friend of Salmasius. Though More contributed prefatory material to Clamor and helped it through the press, it was almost certainly composed, in England, by the Anglican clergyman Peter du Moulin. Milton, who had manufactured evidence to support his mistake in 1652, thereafter refused to acknowledge his error, though by the time Defensio Secunda appeared he must have been fully aware of it.

Keywords:   Defensio Secunda, Clamor, Claudius Salmasius, regicides, John Milton, Alexander More

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