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

Author: Blair Worden
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book, by the pre-eminent historian of Cromwellian England, offers a fresh approach to the political lives of the two great poets of the Puritan Revolution, John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Blair Worden shows how differently their writing reads when its involvement in epochal events is historically reconstructed. We trace the responses of the two men to the execution of King Charles I; to the experience, unique  Read more...
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Worden, Blair.
Literature and politics in Cromwellian England.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608334802
Online version:
Worden, Blair.
Literature and politics in Cromwellian England.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)610033884
Named Person: John Milton; John Milton; Andrew Marvell; Andrew Marvell; Marchamont Nedham; Oliver Cromwell; John Milton; Andrew Marvell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Blair Worden
ISBN: 9780199230815 0199230811
OCLC Number: 153772764
Description: xv, 458 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Nedham --
2. Milton and Nedham --
3. Marvell and Nedham --
4. Marvell in 1650 --
5. Marvell and the ambassadors --
6. Marvell and the first anniversary --
7. Milton and the civil wars --
8. Milton and the new order --
9. Milton in journalism --
10. Milton and the commonwealth --
11. Milton and Cromwell --
12. Milton's second defence --
13. Milton and the protectorate --
14. Milton and the good old cause --
15. Milton and Samson Agonistes --
16. Milton and the fall of England --
App. A: Marvell and the embassy of 1651 --
App. B: Milton and Cromwell's advisers --
App. C: The composition of Milton's history of Britain.
Responsibility: Blair Worden.
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