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Milton's AngelsThe Early-Modern Imagination$
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Joad Raymond

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560509.001.0001

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Angelographia: Writing about Angels

Angelographia: Writing about Angels

(p.19) 2 Angelographia: Writing about Angels
Milton's Angels

Raymond Joad

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the Christian tradition of writing about angels, the way questions about angels emerge from scriptural narrative, and how they are developed and extended. It also examines the impact of the Reformation on the body of knowledge concerning angels, the various genres in which British Protestants wrote about angels, the way genre shapes the expression of beliefs and ideas, and some of the rhetoric used to characterize confessional difference. Beliefs about angels were a form of knowledge, intersecting with and supporting other forms of knowledge, including the political and natural-philosophical.

Keywords:   angelology, Reformation, Reformed angels, British Protestants

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