The Complete Critical Guide to John Milton

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John Milton (JM) born 9 December in Bread Street, London.


JM enters St. Paul's School, where he will begin his friendship with Charles Diodati.


JM admitted to Christ's College Cambridge, where some of his first published poems will be written.


Edward King (later the subject of 'Lycidas') elected to fellowship at Christ's.


JM takes M.A. and retires to Horton for several years of private study. 'On Shakespeare' published.


Comus performed.


Comus published.


Lycidas published. JM sails for France (May). Arrives in Italy (August-September), attends Barberini concert and meets, amongst others, Galileo and Frescobaldi. Charles Diodati dies (August).


JM goes to Geneva and meets John Diodati, Calvinist theologian and uncle of late Charles. Returns to England (July).


JM begins to publish political and religious pamphlets, including Animadversions and Of Reformation.


JM marries Mary Powell who, later that year, returns to her family near Oxford, probably because of the recently begun Civil War. (Her family were Royalist, while JM and much of London favoured the Parliamentarians.) Apology for Smectymnuus published.


Doctrine and Disipline of Divorce published.


Of Education and Areopagitica published.


Tetrachordon and Colasterion published. Wife Mary returns.


Poems 1646 published. Daughter Anne born.


Father dies, leaving JM a 'moderate estate'.


Daughter Mary born.


JM appointed Secretary for Foreign Tongues in the victorious Cromwellian government. Tenure of Kings and Magistrates published (February) shortly after the execution of Charles I. Eikonoklastes published.


Defensio pro populo Anglicano published. Son John born.


Deaths of wife Mary, daughter Deborah and son John. Becomes totally blind.


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