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Virgil's English Translators: Civil Wars to Restoration

Ian Calvert


This book considers the writers who translated Virgil into English during the civil wars, Interregnum and early years of the Stuart Restoration (c. 1636–c. 1661). It argues that these writers translated and imitated Virgil in order to display and interrogate their political loyalties, articulate personal responses to past traumas, draw attention to the contingent nature of the systems of government which followed the death of Charles I in 1649 (particularly Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate) and express their hopes for the country’s future. This future often, but not invariably, imagined a restor ... More

Keywords: Virgil, translation, royalism, English civil wars, Interregnum, Restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474475648
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Calvert, author
University of Bristol