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Legal Epic : Paradise Lost and the Early Modern Law (Hardcover) (Alison A. Chapman)

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The seventeenth century saw some of the most important legal changes in England’s history, yet the period has been largely overlooked in the rich field of literature and law. Helping to fill this gap, The Legal Epic is the first book to situate the great poet and polemicist John Milton at the center of late seventeenth-century legal history.
Alison A. Chapman argues that Milton’s Paradise Lost sits at the apex of the early modern period’s long fascination with law and judicial processes. Milton’s world saw law and religion as linked disciplines and thought therefore that in different ways, both law and religion should reflect the will of God. Throughout Paradise Lost, Milton invites his readers to judge actions using not only reason and conscience but also core principles of early modern jurisprudence. Law thus informs Milton’s attempt to “justify the ways of God to men” and points readers toward the types of legal justice that should prevail on earth.
Adding to the growing interest in the cultural history of law, The Legal Epic shows that England’s preeminent epic poem is also a sustained reflection on the role that law plays in human society.
Number of Pages: 291
Genre: Literary Criticism, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Alison A. Chapman
Language: English
Street Date: February 15, 2017
TCIN: 51623599
UPC: 9780226435138
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-4114
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