A mid-19th century 2 volume collection of Milton’s most significant prose works.
The Prose Works of John Milton: With a Biographical Introduction by Rufus Wilmot Griswold. In Two Volumes (Philadelphia: John W. Moore, 1847).
The text is in the public domain.
Sharon Achinstien and Elizabeth Sauer
This book discusses the tolerance and intolerance Milton promoted in his prose and poetry.
Hobbes argues the validity of monarchy from a social contract theory.
Marcuse discusses the pros and cons of tolerance in an open society. It was originally published in the larger work A Critique of Pure Tolerance co-authored with B. Moore and R.P. Wolff.
Sir Robert Filmer
In this political work, Filmer defends the divine right of kings as the remnant of Biblical patriarchy.
Hume discusses the constitutional development of England in this six volume history of the nation.
Luther’s works reflect his arguments against the Catholic church.
Riva discusses the political and religious ideals promoted in Paradise Lost and how they relate to Milton’s own radical beliefs.
In this philosophical endeavor, Kant defends republicanism as the only proper government.
History of Parliament
This short video explains the political career of Oliver Cromwell and his part in the English Civil War.
In this political work, Locke argues against the divine right of kings and presents a socially contracted republic as the only valid form of government.
In this essay, Milton defends republican government amid England’s Restoration Period.
John Stuart Mill
Mill’s essay On Liberty defends individual freedom of opinion, discussion, and expression.
Skwire discusses Milton’s Areopagitica in relation to book bannings and censorship.
The Reading Room
Sarah Skwire, Garth Bond, and Steve Pincus
Sarah Skwire, Grath Bond, and Steve Pincus discuss the life of John Milton through Nicholas McDowell’s book Poet of Revolution: The Making of John Milton.