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date: 20 June 2019

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John Milton worked on the History of Britain for over twenty years. He introduces his narrative of events leading up to the Norman Conquest with an account of the self-subjugation of the English to the French. The nature of the causal relationship – of how and why one thing leads to another in the History – is the central subject of this article. Notwithstanding Milton's reputation as an original thinker, it would be true to say that there was little that was new in his view of human freedom. Milton underlines the importance of conquest to his work in two ways. By the time the end of the History is reached, the relation between slavery and slavishness has been shown to work both ways.

Keywords: John Milton, History of Britain, Norman Conquest, slavery, slavishness

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