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Courts, Jurisdictions, and Law in John Milton and His Contemporaries

Alison A. Chapman

Abstract

John Milton is widely known as the poet of liberty and freedom. But his commitment to justice, which runs throughout his prose works, is often missed when viewed at the distance of the twenty-first century. This book shows that Milton’s work is not only saturated in legal arguments of his day, but that he also actively shifts between citing Roman, common, and canon law to best suit his purpose in any given text. This book provides literary scholars with a working knowledge of the multiple, jostling, real-world legal systems in conflict in seventeenth-century England and brings to light Milton’ ... More

Keywords: John Milton, law, liberty, Roman law, common law, canon law, jurisdictions, justice, seventeenth-century England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226729152
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226729329.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison A. Chapman, author
University of Alabama at Birmingham