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Historical Context of Paradise Lost
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Paradise Lost
Illustration from The Temptation & Fall of Eve, from William Blake’s Milton, a Poem, 1808. (Wikimedia Commons)
Illustration from The Temptation & Fall of Eve, from William Blake’s Milton, a Poem, 1808. (Wikimedia Commons)


Milton’s life and career coincide with one of the most revolutionary periods of English history. King Charles I, who had ascended to the throne in 1625, believed in the divine right of kings to rule by personal fiat and had effectively dissolved Parliament in 1629. Meanwhile, continental Europe was awash in blood from the religious and political conflicts known collectively as the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and tensions between Catholics and Protestants were felt keenly across the channel in England.

While as the head of the Church of England Charles was nominally Protestant, he was accused of being insufficiently supportive of the Protestant cause and even of having Catholic sympathies himself (his wife Henrietta Maria was a Roman Catholic). All this made him the target of suspicion and outrage among Puritan dissenters who felt that the Anglican Church was insufficiently reformed and was now backsliding into Catholic ritualism. http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/content/historical-context-paradise-lost

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