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The emergence of Radicals:
The Levellers and the Diggers
John Lilburn

Lived in London in the 1630's and was prosecuted for his pamphlets in 1638.
Prosecuted by Laud and he was imprisoned and then released in 1641. During the civil
war he fought for the roundheads but left the army…

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Influence within the New Model Army

There was discontent in the army rank and file because of the lack of being paid. The
army general's council provided a platform for leveller demand.

In the early summer of 1647 Leveller ideas had been concentrated into a demand for
the dissolution of…

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It is unlikely that the levellers ever had widespread support in the army, they did have
some relevance and in the Putney demands they were able to put pressure on the Army
Grandees. Not all soldiers were levellers and not all levellers were soldiers. The extent
of leveller influence in…

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The Diggers

Gerrard Winstanley was a supporter of parliament who became more radical after
1643. He was a tailor and not wealthy and in the late 1640's he suffered personal
economic collapse which fuelled is radicalism. The diggers were also called the "true
levellers" because they were a group that…


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