The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates
Written during the English Revolution, Milton’s pamphlet argues that there exists a voluntary contract between free men and their rulers, and that if a ruler becomes a tyrant then the people have the right to depose him if the ordinary magistrates have not done so.
The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, edited with Introduction and Notes by William Talbot Allison (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1911).
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Table of Contents
- I.: Date and Authorship.
- II.: Historical Situation.
- III.: Purpose.
- IV.: Leading Ideas.
- V.: The Covenant.
- VI.: The Presbyterian Divines.
- VII.: Use of Scripture.
- VIII.: Background of Political Thought.
- IX.: Sources.
- X.: Style.
- XI.: Orthography.
- XII.: A Contemporary Criticism.
- THE TEXT A REPRODUCTION OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH VARIANTS FROM THE SECOND EDITION.
- EDITOR’S NOTE
- THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES.
- Luther.[ ]Milton1911: 10
- Lib. contra Rusticos apud Sleidan. l. 5.[ ]
- Zwinglius. tom. I. articul. 42.[ ]
- Calvin on Daniel. c. 4. v. 25.[ ]
- Bucer on Matth. c. 5.[ ]
- Of Peter Martyr we have spoke before. Paraeus in Rom. 13.[ ][ ]
- Christopher Goodman of Obedience.[ ][ ]Milton1911: 15
- THE HISTORY OF TYRANNICIDE.
- I.: Editions of The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates.
- II.: Prose Works.
- III.: Prose Selections.
- IV.: Biography, Criticism, etc. bearing on Milton’s Prose.
- V.: A List of the More Important Works consulted in the Preparation of the Present Edition of The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates.
- VI.: Contemporary Pamphlets referred to or criticised by Milton in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates.