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Brave Community: The Digger Movement in the English Revolution

John Gurney

Abstract

This is a full-length modern study of the Diggers or ‘True Levellers’, who were among the most remarkable of the radical groups to emerge during the English Revolution of 1640–60. Acting at a time of unparalleled political change and heightened millenarian expectation, the Diggers believed that the establishment of an egalitarian, property-less society was imminent. This book establishes the local origins of the Digger movement and sets out to examine pre-Civil War social relations and social tensions in the parish of Cobham—from where significant numbers of the Diggers came—and the impact of ... More

Keywords: Diggers, True Levellers, radical groups, English Revolution, political change, property-less society, Cobham, civil war, Surrey, Gerrard Winstanley, Digger movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719061028
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061028.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gurney, author