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Counter '[Norbrook's] marvellously original, densely researched study of the English republican imagination is an attempt to retrieve forgotten figures like the regicide Henry Marten, as well as to extend our understanding of the works of Milton and Marvell.' Tom Paulin, The Independent '[A] fine and important book ... I suspect that Writing the English Republic will have as large and lasting an impact as any previous or readily foreseeable study of the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England. [Norbrook] writes in an attractively exploratory spirit which resists dogmatism and the sealing of argument.' Blair Worden,Times Literary Supplement 'The case for the republican conscience resounds most eloquently in the impressive coda to this book ... but the pay-off for historians stems above all from Norbrook's decision to produce a theme-driven argument instead of a general survey. This has led him to dig deep into the textual remains of the Revolution, rather than content himself with the familiar surface structures.' London Review of Books

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English poetry Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism, Great Britain History Civil War, 1642-1649 Literature and the war, Rhetoric Political aspects Great Britain History 17th century, Politics and literature Great Britain History 17th century, Milton, John, 1608-1674 Political and social views, Republicanism Great Britain History 17th century, Political poetry, English History and criticism, Great Britain Politics and government 1625-1649, Great Britain Politics and government 1649-1660, English poetry Roman influences, Republicanism in literature