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Bernard Beatty, Tony Howe, and Charles Robinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235897

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315428

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Byron, Milton, and Doctrines of Christian Liberty: Cain and Paradise Regained

Byron, Milton, and Doctrines of Christian Liberty: Cain and Paradise Regained

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(p.132) Byron, Milton, and Doctrines of Christian Liberty: Cain and Paradise Regained
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Liberty and Poetic Licence
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Joan Blythe

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235897.003.0011

This chapter examines the relationship between Milton's Paradise Regained and Byron's Cain. It compares these two works with particular emphasis on the concepts of intellectual freedom and Christian liberty. To understand Milton's view in these matters it cites his posthumously published De Doctrina Christiana. The chapter begins with a general introduction to the subject. It then discusses Miltonic influence on Cain via Salomon Gessner's The Death of Abel. Next, it identifies parallels between Paradise Regained and Cain in terms of characterisation, structure, Biblical reference and the kingdom within. Finally, it speculates on unorthodox Socinian perspectives in the two works.

Keywords:   intellectual freedom, liberty, De Doctrina Christiana, Salomon Gessner, Socinianism

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