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"Throughout his writings, Milton, deeply engaged in political and theological controversy, sought to clear a space for human freedom in a world ruled by an omniscient and omnipotent deity. Paradise Lost and Samson Agonistes, as well as other works by Milton in verse and prose, explore the problematical aspects of a universe ruled by an Old Testament God of wrath, demanding obedience, who allows his creatures the freedom to be 'authors' of their own fate. Milton and the Burden of Freedom examines the contradictions inherent in Milton's religious, political, and ethical beliefs as expressed in his poems, prose writings, and the treatise De Doctrina Christiana. Milton, whose writings are rooted in the Reformed tradition while challenging Calvinist orthodoxy, is both radical and conservative. In this book, Warren Chernaik traces the evolution of Milton's attitude towards freedom, servitude and virtue during a century of political upheaval and disappointed hopes"-- Provided by publisher.

Title Milton and the burden of freedom / Warren Chernaik.
Publisher Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press
Creation Date 2017
Content Introduction. Free to fall: Milton and the Old Testament God -- Milton's post-Calvinist theology -- 'Providence their guide': providence in Milton -- The unpolluted temple of the mind: virtue on trial -- Classical and Biblical Republicanism: Milton and some contemporaries -- Victory's crest: Milton, the English nation, and Cromwell -- Monarchy and servitude: the politics of Paradise Lost -- God's just yoke: power and justice in Paradise Lost -- 'Tyrannie must be': Milton and the Restoration -- Postscript.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Format ix, 274 pages
24 cm.
Language English
Copyright Date ©2017
Identifier ISBN9781107153189
System Number 990041064050205171

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