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Author Gurney, John Steven, 1962- author.

Title Gerrard Winstanley : the Digger's Life and Legacy
Published London : Pluto Press, Nov. 2012 ; Abingdon : Marston Book Services, Limited [distributor]


Description 1 online resource (176 pages) : illustrations
Series Revolutionary Lives Ser
Revolutionary Lives Ser
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The Making of the Digger; 3. Winstanley the Digger; 4. A New Beginning?; 5. Winstanley's Legacy; A Note on Sources and Further Reading; Notes; Index
Summary 'The power of property was brought into creation by the sword', so wrote Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) Christian Communist, leader of the Diggers movement and b├Ęte noire of the landed aristocracy. Despite being one of the great English radicals, Winstanley remains unmentioned in today's lists of 'great Britons'. John Gurney reveals the hidden history of Winstanley and his movement. As part of the radical ferment which swept England at the time of the civil war, Winstanley led the Diggers in taking over land and running it as 'a common treasury for all' provoking violent opposition from landowners. Gurney also guides us through Winstanley's writings, which are among the most remarkable prose writings of his age. Gerrard Winstanley: The Digger's Life and Legacy is a must read for students of English history and all those seeking to re-claim the commons today
Audience Scholarly & Professional Pluto Press
In Academic Library
SUBJECT Winstanley, Gerrard, 1609-
Winstanley, Gerrard, 1609- fast (OCoLC)fst01858444
Subject Levellers -- Biography
Biography & Autobiography -- Political.
Politics and government.
SUBJECT Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1649-1660.
Great Britain -- History -- Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660.
Subject Great Britain.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780745331836