Milton's views on Divorce became an object of persistent attack in his own day, and he was sometimes satirized as the founder of a sect, Miltonists or Divorcers. This engraving, from A Catalogue of the Severall Sects and Opinions (1646), associates a sect of Divorcers with other notorious heresies and moral outcasts of the day. The image represents as a cruel driving out what Milton represents as a charitable relief of psychic suffering.
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