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Political Milton

By 1641, political tension between England's pro-Cromwell Parliamentarians and the Royalists backing King Charles I was approaching civil war. "I thought it base to be traveling for amusement abroad, while my fellow-citizens were fighting for liberty at home," Charles' execution ushered in a republican government led by Oliver Cromwell. Milton was appointed Secretary for the Foreign Tongues, an official position in the English government handling diplomatic correspondence. He received a salary and lodgings at Scotland Yard.

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