Milton and the Regicide

Martin Dzelzainis

in John Milton

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264706
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734557 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Original Paperbacks

Milton and the Regicide

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This chapter discusses Milton and his idea of regicide. It discusses his The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates and the concepts of regicide, tyrranicide, and enemy found in his work. Milton's Tenure asserts that a tyrannical ruler should no longer be regarded as one of the powers ordained by God and may be therefore be resisted like a private person who employs unjust force. The chapter also discusses his political theory and his emerging notion of resistance, including the significance of his method of not naming Charles Stuart as a public enemy or hostis in his Tenure.

Keywords: regicide; Tenure of Kings; tyrranicide; enemy; political theory; resistance; Charles Stuart; public enemy; hostis

Chapter.  7404 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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