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Milton's Loves
From Amity to Caritas in the Paradise Epics

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ISBN 9781032390215
April 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This book is about the multiple loves of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained: sanctioned loves and outlawed loves, sincere loves and false loves, Christian loves, classical loves, humanist loves, and love as emotion. In showing how these loves motivate the most significant actions of the Paradise epics, it reveals Milton to have made creative use of the tensions between philosophical ideals, social conventions, and the rather messier ways in which love emerges in practice. Love, so central to Milton’s view of Edenic joy and obedience to God, unsettles earthly and heavenly communities, and is the origin of Miltonic transgression. Milton’s Loves sheds new light on some of the most prominent concerns of Milton scholarship, including: why Milton’s God is so difficult for readers to connect to; Satan’s apparent heroism; Milton’s radical theology; and the nature of Milton’s muse. It is a book that will appeal to students and scholars of Milton and early modern studies more broadly, and is structured in a way that will aid easy reference.

Table of Contents



i. Critical Loves

ii. The Loves of an Educated Man

iii. Love and Emotion

iv. Love and Conflict

v. An Unlikely Couple

vi. ‘Milton’s Bogey’

vii. Milton’s Epic Loves

Chapter 1. Lessons in Love: Raphael and Adam

i. Virtuous and Obedient Love

ii. Loving Things

iii. Ascending and Descending Ladders

iv. ‘The Affable Arch-Angel’

Chapter 2. Falling in Love: Adam and Eve

i. The Terms of Marriage

ii. Separation

iii. The Theory and Practice of Love

Chapter 3. Strange Love: God the Father

i. Fatherly Distance

ii. Princely Companionship

iii. Creating an Equal

iv. ‘All in All’

Chapter 4. The Anti-Friend: Satan

i. False Friendship

ii. Companions of Woe

iii. The Temptation of Friendship

iv. Satan’s Solitude

Chapter 5. Suspended in Love: The Son

i. Between God and Humans

ii. The Missing Body

iii. ‘The Glorious Eremite’

Chapter 6. In the Name of Love: The Narrator and Muse

i. One or Two Voices

ii. Visitations

iii. Urania

iv. Being Led



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Rosamund Paice is an Associate Lecturer in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University.