Civil Idolatry: Desacralizing and Monarchy in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton

by Richard F. Hardin

Hardback • 2007 • $84.00
ISBN: 978-0874134261

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This work discusses important texts that scrutinize the cult of monarchy in light of the injunction against idolatry. When Milton deplored the “civil kind of idolatry,” he echoed a significant theme in earlier texts—Erasmus’s political writings, Spenser, and Shakespeare’s political plays. Milton redefines conquest and fatherhood in response to contemporary monarchists’ patriarchalism and conquest-theory.