The Digger's Life and Legacy
Series: Revolutionary Lives
Life and ideas of the great British radical who founded rural communes during the English Civil War
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.
Gurney proves that the Diggers, (or the New Levellers, as they called themselves) remain as an inspiration to many radical movements today.
John Gurney (1960-2014) was a Visiting Fellow in the School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University and author of Brave Community: The Digger Movement in the English Revolution (2007).
'Outstanding. An exciting and extremely well-written account of Winstanley's development as thinker and experimental communist' - Nigel Smith, William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature, Princeton University
'This is a clear-eyed yet sympathetic account of one of the most baffling figures of the English Revolution' - Mark Kishlansky, Frank Baird Jr. Professor of History at Harvard University
'An admirably succinct and clear guide to the complex career and<br>thought of Gerrard Winstanley - a fascinating commentary on the complex and shifting world of radical thought during the revolutionary decades' - Mike Braddick, Professor of History at the University of Sheffield
'Years of painstaking research have been condensed into a clear, lively, and informative discussion. Indeed, even for specialists there is a fair amount of new material here ... an excellent introduction' - Ariel Hessayon, The Historian
2. The Making of the Digger
3. Winstanley the Digger
4. A New Beginning?
5. Winstanley’s Legacy
eBook ISBN: 9781849646772
129mm x 198mm