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Brave CommunityThe Digger Movement in the English Revolution$
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John Gurney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061028

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061028.001.0001

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The Diggers on St George's Hill

The Diggers on St George's Hill

(p.121) Chapter 5 The Diggers on St George's Hill
Brave Community

John Gurney

Manchester University Press

This chapter describes the start of the Diggers' activities on St George's Hill. The chapter explains how the number of Diggers increased with every passing day. The Diggers invited every one to come and help them, and promised them meate, drinke, and clothes. The Diggers believed that the barren wastes could phenomenally be made fruitful. They made claim to all common land because those lands were called commons, they belonged to any body, not considering that they were the commons only for the inhabitants of such a place. The Diggers' first published manifesto, The True Levellers Standard Advanced sets out to explain and justify the activities of the Diggers on St George's Hill, and to encourage others to follow their example. The chapter recounts the lessons from history that proved how the ‘leveling, popular form’ leads to support for an agrarian law and thence to support for ‘absolute community#x2019;.

Keywords:   St George's Hill, inhabitants, Diggers, agrarian law, absolute community, barren wastes

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