27 August

'Books have souls as well as men, which survives their martyrdom, and are not burnt, but crowned by the flames that encircle them'
August 2009

Republican John Milton was already in hiding when, on this day in 1660, copies of his books were publicly burned by the hangmen of London because of his attacks on King Charles II. Milton believed England should be ruled by grand council, 'an aristocracy of virtue'.






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