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Editing the republic
Milton, Harrington and the Williamite monarchy, 1698–1714

This chapter focuses on John Toland's efforts to defend the sovereignty of reason in politics by undertaking the adventurous project of republishing the canonical works of the commonwealth tradition between 1697 and 1700. His 1698 King Charles I. No such Saint, martyr, or Good Protestant as commonly reputed made extraordinarily clear the author's commitment to an anticlerical republicanism. The chapter suggests that Toland's work about John Milton entitled Amyntor was a means for reinvigorating the attack upon de jure divino accounts of Church and State, while his folio collection of James Harrington's works was an even more pronounced attempt to make republican texts suitable for contemporary consumption.

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Republican learning

John Toland and the crisis of Christian culture, 1696–1722


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