Defoe was being punished for seditious libel after pamphlets that he published
upset the Church.
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.
public sympathized with Defoe and rather than throwing rocks at the pillory, threw
would later pen the classics: The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
(1719), Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724).