joadraymond at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 04:30:22 EST 2017
You could start to answer these questions with the official newsbook of the
Protectorate, *Mercurius Politicus*, edited by Milton's friend Marchamont
Nedham, which included extensive reporting of the massacre (it will also
give you a sense of "normal" time delays for news). There is further
documentation of the flow of news into John Thurloe's office, and to which
Milton would therefore have had access, in the Thurloe State Papers in the
British library. They offer an essential context not only for the sonnet on
the massacre but for his diplomatic documents.
You can find the manuscript references in an article I wrote (partly) about
the sonnet years ago -- so long ago that it's no longer on my computer, so
I can't offer the references here, and I can't right now lay my hands on a
hard copy ...
‘The Daily Muse; Or, Seventeenth-Century Poets Read the News’. *The*
Century* 10 (1995): 189-218.
Recently published: News Networks in Early Modern Europe
(Brill, 2016), open access download
News Networks research: cemmn.net
The blog: Miles to go <http://milestogo-joad.blogspot.co.uk/>
On 6 November 2017 at 21:33, Duran, Angelica A <duran0 at purdue.edu> wrote:
> Dear scholars,
> I am interested in finding out details about Milton learning about the
> Piedmont attack in April 1655 that prompted him to write the sonnet
> “Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughter’d saints” (1655). Some of the texts I have
> looked into say simply that news of the atrocity travelled fast. They point
> to heads of state like Cromwell getting formal notice. Documentation
> regarding Cromwell’s formal notice would be useful if there is nothing
> specific about Milton’s notice.
> All speed appreciated. Many thanks.
> Angelica Duran
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