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Milton and Toleration

Sharon Achinstein and Elizabeth Sauer


This book locates John Milton's works in national and international contexts, and applies a variety of approaches from literary to historical, philosophical, and postcolonial. Through this, it aims to offer a wide-ranging exploration of how Milton's visions of tolerance reveal deeper movements in the history of the imagination. Milton is often enlisted in stories about the rise of toleration: his advocacy of open debate in defending press freedoms, his condemnation of persecution, and his criticism of ecclesiastical and political hierarchies have long been read as milestones on the road to tol ... More

Keywords: imagination, press freedom, persecution, religious liberty, Protestants, heresy, violence, church community, equity, natural law

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199295937
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Achinstein, editor
Reader in Renaissance Literature, Oxford University
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Elizabeth Sauer, editor
Professor of English, Brock University, Canada
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