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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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Miltonic Texts and European Politics, 1674–1682

Miltonic Texts and European Politics, 1674–1682

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Milton in the Long Restoration

Jason Peacey

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the afterlives of Miltonic texts, most obviously the ‘state letters’ that were prepared during the 1650s, by assessing their translation, re-publication, and polemical deployment during the Exclusion Crisis. It shows not just how continental history and politics could be utilized to comment on English affairs, but also that texts produced collaboratively by Whig exiles and Dutch printers serve to highlight the connection between print culture and Early Modern diplomacy. Indeed, it suggests that apparently inconsequential and undecipherable texts can be shown to have been deployed carefully and purposefully, not just in order to avoid censorship and censure, but also to engage with European affairs and transnational publics and advance a radical political agenda.

Keywords:   re-publication, translation, Exclusion Crisis, state letters, Whig politics

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