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The Levellers: Radical political thought in the English Revolution

Dr. Rachel Foxley


The Leveller movement of the 1640s campaigned for religious toleration and a radical remaking of politics after the English civil war. This book challenges received ideas about the Levellers as social contract theorists and Leveller thought as a mere radicalization of parliamentarian thought, analysing the writings of the Leveller leaders John Lilburne, Richard Overton, and William Walywn to show that that the Levellers’ originality lay in their subtle and unexpected combination of different strands within parliamentarianism. The first part of the book offers a systematic analysis of different ... More

Keywords: Levellers, Lilburne, John, Overton, Richard, Walwyn, William, New Model Army, radicalism, republicanism, toleration, English Civil War, English revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089367
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dr. Rachel Foxley, author