Milton and the Confessionalization of Antiquarianism

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Milton would have been exposed at Cambridge to a far greater range of major contemporary historical writing than his later History of Britain would suggest, and these early encounters with historical scholarship provide a neglected context for reading Milton's neo‐Latin poetry in Poems 1645. Recent work on library catalogues has shown that contemporary antiquarian writings by Camden and others, as well as the major works of European ars historica, were widely owned. The purchasing list of Joseph Mede, colleague of Milton's tutor, includes works by Speed, Brerewood, and Camden. Charles Diodati wrote an elegy for Camden (in Oxford's 1624 memorial volume), a poem which Milton almost certainly knew.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung Milton
Subtitle of host publicationThe Emerging Author, 1620-1642
EditorsEdward Jones
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-0199698707
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2012


  • history
  • antiquarianism
  • reading
  • study
  • scholarship
  • library catalogues

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