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Following the Levellers, Volume One

Political and Religious Radicals in the English Civil War and Revolution, 1645–1649

Authors: De Krey, Gary S.

  • Argues that the Levellers were not a cohesive movement, but rather a political expression of London’s growing sectarian population in the 1640s
  • Focuses on the Levellers as an urban phenomenon, situating both leaders and followers in their London milieu
  • Offers an extensive analysis of the social following of the Leveller writers of 1646-49, placing these ideas in the broader context of libertarian political and religious agitation
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This book reinterprets the Leveller authorships of John Lilburne, Richard Overton and William Walwyn, and foregrounds the role of ordinary people in petitioning and protest during an era of civil war and revolution. The Levellers sought to restructure the state in 1647-49 around popular consent and liberty for conscience, especially in their Agreement of the People.  Their following was not a ‘movement’ but largely a political response of the sects that had emerged in London’s rapidly growing peripheral neighbourhoods and in other localities in the 1640s.  This study argues that the Levellers did not emerge as a separate political faction before October 1647, that they did not succeed in establishing extensive political organisation, and that the troop revolt of spring 1649 was not really a Leveller phenomenon.  Addressing the contested interpretations of the Levellers throughout, this book also introduces Leveller history to non-specialist readers.

About the authors

Gary S. De Krey is Emeritus Professor of History at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, USA.  A past president of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, he has published two books about London politics in the late Stuart era (1660-1714) as well as Restoration and Revolution in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Levellers, Their Followers, and the Historians

    De Krey, Gary S.

    Pages 1-13

  • Leveller Contexts

    De Krey, Gary S.

    Pages 15-57

  • Leveller Origins

    De Krey, Gary S.

    Pages 59-104

  • The Emergence of the Levellers, 1647

    De Krey, Gary S.

    Pages 105-145

  • The Levellers and the Agreement, 1647–1648

    De Krey, Gary S.

    Pages 147-187

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-26843-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-26842-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Following the Levellers, Volume One
Book Subtitle
Political and Religious Radicals in the English Civil War and Revolution, 1645–1649
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-26843-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-26843-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-26842-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 299
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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