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Peter Sterry and the Masque of Love

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Peter Sterry is the most musical of the 17th-century Cambridge Platonists and as a writer deserves to be placed side by side with his contemporary Thomas Traherne. At one time Oliver Cromwell’s chaplain, Sterry became a man of peace and tolerance – and Music and Harmony are at the centre of his thought. Here Andrew Baker shows how important music was to his vision, and suggests that the ostensibly “puritan” Sterry is the true inheritor of the Franciscan musical mysticism of Francesco Giorgi.

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