This chapter focuses on the life and roots of Andrew Marvell, born in the vicarage at Winstead, East Yorkshire, on 31 March 1621. Holderness being a good Reformation town, the chapter shows how the presence of the church affected all in its vicinity, especially the degree to which Marvell himself was influenced. It also narrates how Marvell entered the clergy, his marriage to Anne Pease, his election and work as Master of the Charterhouse Hospital in Hull, and his engagement into the politics of religion. Finally, the chapter also takes note of his literary influences, the theatrical experiences that shaped his thoughts and writings, and the important authorial figures who seeped into his work. Among these included Milton's Paradise Lost, the posthumous publication of Thomas Randolph's Amyntas, or The Impossible Dowry, as well as Martin Clifford, author of the iconoclastic Treatise on Humane Reason (1675).
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