The English Levellers

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Head of Department of Political Studies Andrew Sharp, Andrew Sharp, Raymond Geuss, Quentin Skinner
Cambridge University Press, Jun 11, 1998 - History - 223 pages
The Levellers were a crucial component of a radically democratic movement during the civil wars in seventeenth-century England. This was to be democratic at a time when the very idea of democracy conjured up nothing good; with its suggestion of anarchy and the 'levelling' of distinctions in rank and of property, even the holding of women in common. This collection of thirteen fully annotated Leveller writings, including their famous Agreements of the People, is important as a contribution not only to the understanding of the English civil wars, but also of democratic theory. The editor's introduction sets the Leveller ideas in their context and, together with a chronology, short biographies of the leading figures and a guide to further reading, will be of interest to students of the English civil wars, the history of political thought and the history of democratic ideas.
 

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Contents

John Lilburne On the 150th page an untitled broadsheet of August1645
3
Toleration justified and persecution condemned
9
The freemans freedom vindicated A postscript containing a general proposition
31
A remonstrance of many thousand citizens and other freeborn people of England to their own House of Commons occasioned through the illegal an...
33
An arrow against all tyrants and tyranny shot from the prison of Newgate into the prerogative bowels of the arbitrary House of Lords and all other us...
54
Gold tried in the fire or the burnt petitions revived
73
An agreement of the people for a firm and present peace upon grounds of common right and freedom as it was proposed by the agents of the five re...
92
At the General Council of the Army Putney 29 October 1647
102
To the right honourable the Commons of England in parliament assembled The humble petition of divers wellaffected persons inhabiting the City of ...
131
Englands new chains discovered or the serious apprehensions of a part of the people in behalf of the commonwealth being presenters promoters and ...
140
A manifestation from LieutenantColonel John Lilburne Mr William Walwyn Mr Thomas Prince and Mr Richard Overton now prisoners in the Tower...
158
An agreement of the free people of England tendered as a peaceoffering to this distressed nation by LieutenantColonel John Lilburne Master William...
168
The young mens and the apprentices outcry Or an inquisition after the lost fundamental laws and liberties of England
179
Select biographies
202
Index
214
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