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Paul Hammond and Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264706

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264706.001.0001

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Milton and the Regicide

Milton and the Regicide

(p.90) (p.91) 5 Milton and the Regicide
John Milton

Martin Dzelzainis

British Academy

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

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