The Emergence of the Levellers, 1647
The Levellers did not emerge as a separate political faction until October 1647. The previous six months saw the beginnings of a great climacteric of unsettlement in which the New Model Army and its Independent and sectarian allies unseated the dominant Presbyterian parliamentary faction. Historians often attribute the election of agitators in many regiments and the creation of a representative army General Council to the radical influence of a fully formed Leveller movement. However, the increasing disappointment and agitation of civilian and army radicals about the settlement proposals of the Independent leaders were really parallel developments. The Agreement of the People, which was brought to the General Council from London in late October, marked the clear development of a separate Leveller following.