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John Lilburne and the Long Parliament

Peacey, JT; (2000) John Lilburne and the Long Parliament. Historical Journal , 43 (3) 625 - 645. Green open access

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Abstract

This piece reinterprets the career of the Leveller, John Lilburne, during the English Civil War, by re-examining the official sources pertaining to him, and the multitude of pamphlets written by himself and his enemies. The article recovers the chronology of Lilburne's story, by stripping away the layers of propaganda with which he later surrounded himself. It shows that he had powerful friends at Westminster, and that his tribulations were caused by political rivalries within Westminster rather than his development of a radical political theory. He is shown to have formed part of the Independent alliance during the mid-1640s, although his protected position was eventually imperilled by the fracturing of this group after the end of the first Civil War. The aim is to improve not just our understanding of Lilburne, but the complexity of parliamentarian politics during the 1640s.

Type:Article
Title:John Lilburne and the Long Parliament
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=59865&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0018246X99001302
Language:English
Additional information:© 2000 Cambridge University Press
Keywords:John Lilburne, Levellers, English Civil War
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History

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