John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost was a landmark of post-Reformation culture in Britain. As part of Radio 3’s Breaking Free series remembering the legacy of Martin Luther, Mandy Green contributed to a discussion about the influence of Protestant thinking and the Renaissance on Milton’s depiction of religious and political beliefs.
Beyond having a remarkable impact in its own time, Milton’s work continues, as Mandy Green puts it, “to speak to the engaged and alert reader through the centuries.” Particularly significant in light of her work on Milton’s Ovidian Eve is the way Milton gave the female character of Eve a creative and active role, unusual in epic works of literature then but prescient of modern approaches to gender.
Joining the roundtable were New Generation Thinkers Islam Issa and Joe Moshenska, Professor John Carey and presenter Philip Dodd. The programme is available to listen to now, via iPlayer radio.