Following the Levellers, Volume One

Political and Religious Radicals in the English Civil War and Revolution, 1645–1649

  • Gary S. De Krey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Gary S. De Krey
    Pages 15-57
  3. Gary S. De Krey
    Pages 59-104
  4. Gary S. De Krey
    Pages 105-145
  5. Gary S. De Krey
    Pages 147-187
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-299

About this book


This book reinterprets the Leveller authorships of John Lilburne, Richard Overton, and William Walwyn and foregrounds the role of ordinary people in petitioning and protest during an era of civil war and revolution. The Levellers sought to restructure the state in 1647-49 around popular consent and liberty for conscience, especially in their Agreement of the People.  Their following was not a ‘movement’ but largely a political response of the sects that had emerged in London’s rapidly growing peripheral neighbourhoods and in other localities in the 1640s.  This study argues that the Levellers did not emerge as a separate political faction before October 1647, that they did not succeed in establishing extensive political organisation, and that the troop revolt of spring 1649 was not really a Leveller phenomenon.  Addressing the contested interpretations of the Levellers throughout, this book also introduces Leveller history to non-specialist readers.


Britain English history political history political science politics John Lilburne William Walwyn Richard Overton Samuel How Levellers seventeenth century britain Sectarian Puritans Independent alliance Agreement of the People English Revolution the Burford mutiny

Authors and affiliations

  • Gary S. De Krey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistorySt. Olaf CollegeNorthfieldUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-26842-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-26843-3
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