Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, by Blair Worden

By Blair Worden

During this e-book the pre-eminent background of Cromwellian England takes a clean method of the literary biography of the 2 nice poets of the Puritan Revolution, John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Blair Worden reconstructs the political contexts during which Milton and Marvell wrote, and reassesses their writings opposed to the history of risky and dramatic alterations of public temper and situation. figures are proven to were popular of their minds. First there's Oliver Cromwell, on whose personality and judgements the way forward for the Puritan Revolution and of the state rested, and whose ascent the 2 writers traced and assessed, in either instances with an acute ambivalence. the second one is Marchamont Nedham, the pioneering journalist of the civil wars, a detailed buddy of Milton and a guy whose writings end up to be in detail associated with Marvell's. The excessive achievements of Milton and Marvell are proven to belong to global of urgent political debate which Nedham's ephemeral courses helped to form. The booklet follows Marvell's transition from royalism to Cromwellianism. In Milton's case we discover the profound impact on his outlook introduced via the execution of King Charles I in 1649; his tough and disillusioning courting with the successive regimes of the Interregnum; and his try and come to phrases, in his immortal poetry of the recovery, with the failure of Puritan rule.

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Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham

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1651, 1158. 46. Ibid. 19 Feb. 1652, 1412; 25 Mar. 1652, 1475; 24 June 1652, 1677. 47. Ibid. 1 Jan. 1652, 1303–4; Case, 117; cf. MP 25 Sept. 1651, 1079. 48. John Cleveland, The Character of Mercurius Politicus (1650), 5. ⁴⁹ But print was his principal medium. In the 1650s it would bring him something like wealth. Yet Nedham, the most successful of journalists, longed to be more than a journalist. ⁵⁰ No one made better-judged use of the discipline and constraints of the word limit. Yet he baulked at them.

Nedham addressed ‘the common people of this kingdom’, whom the truth he tells ‘most concerns’. ¹⁴ 8. Case, 28; MP, 26 June 1651, 881. 9. MP, 26 Oct. 1650, p. 263. 10. Case, 4. 11. CP i. 890. 12. See, as well as the correspondence in D. , Oxinden and Peyton Letters, BL, Add. MS 28001, fo. 141. 13. A Cat May Look upon a King (1652), 32–3; Selden, Of the Dominion of the Seas, ep. ded. 14. CP iv. 871–2; cf. CW viii. 115. milton and nedham 35 How then were they friends? We must allow something, perhaps much, for Nedham’s gifts of society.

Mercurius Britanicus his Apologie (1645), 2. 55. That aspect of his career in the 1640s is explored by Jason Peacey, ‘The Struggle for Mercurius Britanicus: Factional Politics and the Parliamentarian Press’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 68 (2005), 517–43 (and see idem, ‘The Management of Civil War Newspapers’, The Seventeenth Century 21 (2006), 99–127); and by Joyce Macadam, ‘ ‘‘Mercurius Britanicus’’: Journalism and Politics in the English Civil War’ (Sussex University D. Phil. thesis, 2005).

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