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The English Levellers

The English Levellers

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  • Date Published: June 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521625111

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  • The levellers were a crucial component of a radically democratic movement that came together during the English civil wars. Much leveller activity occurred in print and their texts now form an important part of the liberal and social democratic canon. This edition contains an introduction by the editor that sets the leveller ideas in their context and, together with a chronology and short biographies of the leading figures, is essential reading for students of the English civil wars and the history of political thought.

    • Spelling and punctuation have been modernised and explanatory notes are provided so texts are fully accessible to the modern reader
    • No other such collection exists of Leveller writings (most are out of print)
    • First reprinting of Lilburne's The Young Men's and Apprentices' Outcry and first readily available reprint of Overton's An Arrow Against all Tyrants
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    "Sharp's collection is an excellant introduction to a fascinating and often overlooked area of political philosophy, and will hopefully lead the reader toward the many other radical texts of the English Civil War." A.V.G, Ethics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521625111
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 126 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the English Levellers, 1645–1649
    Chronological table
    Bibliographical note
    Notes on the texts
    Leveller texts:
    1. John Lilburne, 'On the 150th page': an untitled broadsheet of August 1645
    2. William Walwyn, Toleration justified and persecution condemned, 29 January 1646
    3. John Lilburne, Postscript to The freeman's freedom vindicated, 16 June 1646
    4. Richard Overton with William Walwyn's collaboration, A remonstrance of many thousand citizens, 7 July 1646
    5. Richard Overton, An arrow against all tyrants, 12 October 1646
    6. William Walwyn, Gold tried in the fire, 4 June 1647
    7. Several hands, An agreement of the people for a firm and present peace upon grounds of common right and freedom, 28 October 1647
    8. Members of the New Model Army and civilian Levellers, Extract from the debates at the General Council of the Army, Putney, 29 October 1647
    9. John Lilburne and others, The petition of 11 September 1648
    10. John Lilburne, England's new chains discovered, 26 February 1649
    11. William Walwyn, and on behalf of John Lilburne, Thomas Prince and Richard Overton, A manifestation, 14 April 1649
    12. John Lilburne, William Walwyn, Thomas Prince and Richard Overton, An agreement of the free people of England, 1 May 1649
    13. John Lilburne, The young men's and the apprentices' outcry, 29 August 1649
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  • Editor

    Andrew Sharp, University of Auckland

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