In 1643, church authorities ensured that the poet John Milton was refused a license to publish a controversial essay in favor of the right to divorce. In response, Milton composed the pamphlet entitled Areopagitica (after the ancient Athenian court of Areopagus), considered by many to be the most eloquent defense of the freedom of the press ever written.
01802. John Milton (1608–1674). Areopagitica; A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing, to the Parlament of England. London: [s.n.], 1644.
Milton, John, 1608–1674., “01802,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed June 1, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1937.