Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham by Blair WordenLiterature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham by Blair Worden

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

byBlair Worden

Paperback | March 18, 2009

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In this book a pre-eminent historian of Cromwellian England takes a fresh approach to the literary biography of the two great poets of the Puritan Revolution, John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Blair Worden reconstructs the political contexts within which Milton and Marvell wrote, and reassessestheir writings against the background of volatile and dramatic changes of public mood and circumstance. Two figures are shown to have been prominent in their minds. First there is Oliver Cromwell, on whose character and decisions the future of the Puritan Revolution and of the nation rested, andwhose ascent the two writers traced and assessed, in both cases with an acute ambivalence. The second is Marchamont Nedham, the pioneering journalist of the civil wars, a close friend of Milton and a man whose writings prove to be intimately linked to Marvell's. The high achievements of Milton andMarvell are shown to belong to world of pressing political debate which Nedham's ephemeral publications helped to shape. The book follows Marvell's transition from royalism to Cromwellianism. In Milton's case we explore the profound effect on his outlook brought by the execution of King Charles I in1649; his difficult and disillusioning relationship with the successive regimes of the Interregnum; and his attempt to come to terms, in his immortal poetry of the Restoration, with the failure of Puritan rule.
Blair Worden is Professor at Royal Holloway College in London.
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Title:Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont NedhamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:March 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019923082X

ISBN - 13:9780199230822

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Nedham2. Milton and Nedham3. Marvell and Nedham4. Marvell in 16505. Marvell and the Ambassadors6. Marvell and the First Anniversary7. Milton and the Civil Wars8. Milton and the New Order9. Milton in Journalism10. Milton and the Commonwealth11. Milton and Cromwell12. Milton's Second Defence13. Milton and the Protectorate14. Milton and the Good Old Cause15. Milton and Samson Agonistes16. Milton and the Fall of EnglandAppendix A: Milton and the Embassy of 1651Appendix B: Milton and Cromwell's AdvisersAppendix C: The Composition of Milton's History of Britain

Editorial Reviews

"Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England is a marvellous contribution to the field. It will play a central role in all future discussions of Milton, Nedham and Marvell, and will be of fundamental importance to all those interested in the relationship between literature and politics inseventeenth-century England." --Matthew Adams, Review of English Studies