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Courts, jurisdictions, and law in John Milton and his contemporaries

Title
Courts, jurisdictions, and law in John Milton and his contemporaries / Alison A. Chapman.
ISBN
9780226729152
022672915X
9780226729299
022672929X
9780226729329
Publication
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Copyright Notice Date
©2020.
Physical Description
xvi, 214 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary
"John Milton is well known as the poet of liberty and freedom. But his commitment to justice, which runs throughout his prose works, great and small, is often opaque to us when glimpsed at distance in the twenty-first century. Alison A. Chapman aims to provide literary scholars with a working knowledge of the multiple, jostling, real-world legal systems in conflict in seventeenth-century England, and to help us distinguish among Milton's use of the various legal systems and vocabularies of the time--natural versus positive law, for example, and the differences among canon, civil, and common jurisprudence, whichever system best suited Milton's purpose. Surveying the early and divorce tracts, late political tracts, and major prose works in comparison with the writings and cases of some of Milton's contemporaries (including George Herbert, John March, Ben Jonson, and John Bunyan), Chapman alerts us to the variety and nuance in Milton's juridical tool-kit and his subtle use of competing legal traditions in pursuit of justice"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 12, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-200) and index.
Contents
Introduction
Defending one's good name : free speech in the early prose
Monstrous books : Areopagitica and the problem of libel
Civil law and equity in the divorce tracts
Defending Pro se defensio
The tithes of war : paying God back in Paradise lost
"Justice in thir own hands" : local courts in the late prose
Afterword : justice in the Columbia Manuscript.
Genre/Form
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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