On February 24, 1663 English poet John Milton author of Paradise Lost married his third wife Elizabeth Minshull, then aged 24, and spent the remaining decade of his life living quietly in London. Milton's poetry and prose reflected deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime. During this later period Milton published several minor prose works, such as a grammar textbook, Art of Logic, and a History of Britain. His only explicitly political tracts were the 1672 Of True Religion, arguing for toleration (except for Catholics), and a translation of a Polish tract advocating an elective monarchy. Milton died of kidney failure on November 8, 1674 and was buried in the church of St. Giles-without-Cripplegate in London.
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