Milton, sir henry vane, and the brief but significant life of godly republicanism

Feisal G. Mohamed

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The younger Sir Henry Vane expressed a set of ideas quite unique to England's seventeenth century, those of godly republicanism; Milton held strong affinities to Vane and to this strain of republican thought. In this essay, Feisal G. Mohamed explores Paradise Regain'd with reference to Vane's manuscript commentaries on Job, which have received scant attention. Further, Milton's literary choices in the 1671 volume are illumined by comparison to Francis Quarles, a poet Milton had many reasons to dislike. The language of godly republicanism lived well into the Restoration, and not only in Milton's major poems: Margaret Vane prepared a manuscript book of her father's writings in 1677, and it shows signs of circulation in the period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-104
Number of pages22
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Francis Quarles
  • Henry Stubbe
  • James Harrington's Oceana
  • Seventeenth-century republican models of government
  • William Marshall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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