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Milton in the Long Restoration$
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Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.001.0001

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The Circling Hours

The Circling Hours

Revolution in Paradise Regain’d

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Milton in the Long Restoration

Gregory Chaplin

Oxford University Press

This chapter contends that Paradise Regain’d counters the Augustan narrative of centralizing imperialism promoted by the Stuart regime with an alternative narrative that fuses proleptic providentialism with the return to new beginnings characteristic of republican thought. Milton’s Arian Christology transforms the advent of Jesus into the second coming of the Son of God, who returns to repeat his first victory over Satan. Like the return of Charles II, the events of Paradise Regain’d can be described as a revolution—as both the restoration of a lawful authority and a cyclical return that pushes forward. For Milton, however, Jesus restores a mode of spiritual self-governance that subverts the claims of a centralized, secular authority. He enacts a restoration that preempts and fundamentally discredits the Stuart rhetoric of restoration.

Keywords:   Paradise Regain’d, Arianism, republicanism, Restoration, Augustan

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