‘The Armes of Studious Retirement’? Milton's Scholarship, 1632–1641

William Poole

in Young Milton

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191740756 | DOI:
‘The Armes of Studious Retirement’? Milton's Scholarship, 1632–1641

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Milton's research activities in the 1630s involved book buying, book reading, note taking, and libraries. The book collections at Oxford and Cambridge, Sion and Eton Colleges, and the Kedermister Library contained resources essential to Milton's self‐study plan, but whether he had access to any of them is not clear. His meeting in early 1638 with Sir Henry Wotton, almost certainly brokered through the scholar John Hales, suggests the additional possibility that Milton became acquainted with Hales's private library, one of the best in the kingdom. A shelf‐list of it as it existed in 1621 has recently been found in the Eton College archives, and its discovery indicates how much remains to be examined regarding Milton's activities in the 1630s.

Keywords: book buying; libraries; reading; note taking; commonplace books; manuscripts

Chapter.  11067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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