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Author Braddick, M. J. (Michael J.), 1962- author.

Title The common freedom of the people : John Lilburne & the English revolution / Michael Braddick
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; THE COMMON FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE: John Lilburne & the English Revolution; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Illustrations and Maps; Illustrations; Maps; 1: Apprentice, 1632-40; Apprentice to Thomas Hewson, 1632-7; Trial and punishment, 1637-8; Prison writings, 1638-40; 2: Soldier, 1640-5; Choosing sides, 1640-2; Edgehill, Brentford, and prison, 1642-3; The army of the Eastern Association, 1643-4; 3: Partisan, 1645-6; New enmities: Presbyterians and Independents, 1643-5; New solidarities: the changing world of political mobilization, 1645
A new cause: England's birthright justified, 1645Confrontation with the House of Lords, 1646; 4: Leveller, 1647-9; Presbyterian mobilization and the emergence of the Levellers, 1646-7; The army, the king, and the people's rights, 1647-8; The second civil war and the regicide, 1648-9; 5: Traitor, 1649; England's new chains discovered, 1649; The army, mutiny, and the campaign for an Agreement of the People; Treason trial, October 1649; 6: Citizen, 1649-52; Faithful to the Commonwealth, 1649-51; Advocate in the Lincolnshire Fens, 1650-1; The Lilburnes and Sir Arthur Hesilrige, 1645-51
Summary John Lilburne was accused of treason four times, and put on trial for his life under both Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. He fought in the Civil War, seeing action at a number of key battles and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, was shot through the arm, and nearly lost an eye in a pike accident. In the course of all this, he fought important legal battles for the rights to remain silent, to open trial, and to trial by his peers. He was twice acquitted by juries in very public trials, but nonetheless spent the bulk of his adult life in prison or exile. He is best known, however, as the most prominent of the Levellers, who campaigned for a government based on popular sovereignty two centuries before the advent of mass representative democracies in Europe. Michael Braddick explores the extraordinary life of 'Freeborn John': how his experience of political activism sharpened and clarified his ideas, leading him to articulate bracingly radical views; and the changes in English society that made such a career possible. Without land, established profession, or public office, successive governments found him sufficiently alarming to be worth imprisoning, sending into exile, and putting on trial for his life. Above all, we can explore the life not just of John Lilburne, but of revolutionary England itself - and of ideas fundamental to the radical, democratic, libertarian, and constitutional traditions, both in Britain and the USA
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 31, 2018)
Subject Lilburne, John, 1614?-1657.
Lilburne, John, 1614?-1657
Levellers -- Biography
HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649.
Great Britain -- History -- Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660.
Great Britain
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192524775