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Mammon's MusicLiterature and Economics in the Age of Milton$
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Blair Hoxby

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093780

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093780.001.0001

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The Trade of Truth Advanced

The Trade of Truth Advanced

(p.25) Chapter One The Trade of Truth Advanced
Mammon's Music

Blair Hoxby

Yale University Press

This chapter examines John Milton's early engagement with economic issues, focusing on A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle and Areopagitica. It suggests that Milton first betrayed cautious interest in the new economic reasoning in Maske and that he was able to reconcile his humanist and millenarian values with a subset of the century's new economic arguments with Arepagitica. It also highlights Milton's knowledge of antimonopoly case law, his use of contemporary arguments in favor of free trade, and the expository burden of the commercial imagery in Arepagitica.

Keywords:   John Milton, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, Areopagitica, economic reasoning, antimonopoly case law, free trade, commercial imagery, humanist values, millenarian values

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