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date: 30 September 2020

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A pamphlet called the Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce appeared on the London bookstalls, anonymous and unlicensed, advocating an ideal of marriage in which the wife existed to be the husband's companion. John Milton tried to repair the damage by a series of further works: the Judgment of Martin Bucer, Tetrachordon, and Colasterion. Milton's divorce tracts tend to receive an eager critical welcome as crucial in the formation of his progressive views about individual liberty. Milton's vision of transmuting the classical and humanist same-sex model of friendship into marriage was dismissed. His expectations of women were seen as simply too high for nature. It was though that Milton's divorce laws would be the ruin of husbands and children, and with them the social order.

Keywords: Discipline of Divorce, John Milton, Martin Bucer, Tetrachordon, Colasterion, divorce tracts, divorce laws

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