31st July
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1703 Satirist Daniel Defoe is Put in Pillory; People Throw Flowers!

England: Defoe was being punished for seditious libel after pamphlets that he published upset the Church.

The pamphlet was called The Shortest Way with Dissenters, and was written to be from the point of view of the Church, and yet embellished their arguments to the point of foolishness.

The public sympathized with Defoe and rather than throwing rocks at the pillory, threw flowers.

Defoe would later pen the classics: The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724).

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