Synopses & Reviews
John Lilburne (1615-1657) aka 'Freeborn John' was an important political agitator during the English Civil War and one of the leading figures in The Levellers, the short-lived but highly influential radical sect that called for law reform, religious tolerance, extended suffrage, the rights of freeborn Englishmen and a new form of government that was answerable to the people and underwritten by a written constitution. Lilburne, who was often imprisoned and even tortured for his beliefs, was a brave and inspirational figure. His writings fearlessly exposed the hypocrisy and self-serving corruption of those in power - whether King Charles II or Oliver Cromwell - and his legal and philosophical work on rights have been credited as the basis for the rights contained in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Thie edited book assesses the legacy of Lilburne and the Levellers 400 years after his birth and features contributions by leading historians of the period as well as experts in law (Geoffrey Robertson, QC). It will be of enormous interest to those with an interest in the the English Civil war,17th Century history and the radical political tradition.