Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230822

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230822.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 December 2020

Milton's Second Defence

Milton's Second Defence

(p.262) 12 Milton's Second Defence
Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England

Blair Worden

Oxford University Press

Defensio Secunda is a response to another Latin work, Regii Sanguinis Clamor, ‘The Cry of the Royal Blood’, which was published anonymously in or around late August 1652. Clamor took up the cause of Claudius Salmasius against the English regicides and against John Milton. It savagely attacked the first ‘defence’ (Defensio) and the character of its author. Milton supposed that it had been written, in France or Holland, by the clergyman Alexander More, a friend of Salmasius. Though More contributed prefatory material to Clamor and helped it through the press, it was almost certainly composed, in England, by the Anglican clergyman Peter du Moulin. Milton, who had manufactured evidence to support his mistake in 1652, thereafter refused to acknowledge his error, though by the time Defensio Secunda appeared he must have been fully aware of it.

Keywords:   Defensio Secunda, Clamor, Claudius Salmasius, regicides, John Milton, Alexander More

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .