Milton: Political Beliefs and Polemical Methods, 1659–60

  title={Milton: Political Beliefs and Polemical Methods, 1659–60},
  author={Barbara Kiefer Lewalski},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={191 - 202}
  • B. Lewalski
  • Published 1 June 1959
  • Political Science
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
Milton's polemical tracts of the Puritan Revolution have long offered difficulty to scholars, and these difficulties are intensified in the eight pamphlets which he wrote during the chaotic closing years of the interregnum. One problem concerns Milton's bewildering shifts of political allegiance among the various parties and models of government: he first acquiesced in the protectorate of Richard Cromwell, then denounced protectorian government and eulogized the restored Rump Parliament and the… 
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