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The agreements of the people, the Levellers, and the constitutional crisis of the English Revolution [electronic resource] /
edited by Philip Baker and Elliot Vernon.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xi, 272 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780230542709 (acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
9780230542709 (acid-free paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Oaths, covenants, associations and the origins of the Agreements of the People : the road to and from Putney / Edward Vallance -- The people of the agreements : the Levellers, civil war radicalism and political participation / Jason Peacey -- Constitutionalism : ancient, modern and early modern in the Agreements of the People / D. Alan Orr -- The Levellers, decentralisation and the Agreements of the People / Philip Baker -- Freedom of conscience and the Agreements of the People / Rachel Foxley -- The New Model Army and the constitutional crisis of the later 1640s / Ian Gentles -- Drafting the officers' Agreement of the People, 1648-49 : a reappraisal / Frances Henderson -- 'A firme and present peace; upon grounds of common right and freedome' : the debate on the Agreements of the People and the crisis of the constitution, 1647-59 / Elliot Vernon -- Diggers, true Levellers and the crisis of the English Revolution / Ann Hughes -- The Agreements of the People and the constitutions of the interregnum governments / David L. Smith.
catalogue key
12024529
 
Includes bibliographical references and index
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Philip Baker is Research Assistant at the History of Parliament Trust, London, UK, and Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham, UK. He is the editor of The Levellers: The Putney Debates (2007) and the author of a number of articles on the Civil War period. Elliot Vernon is a barrister who completed his doctoral thesis in history at Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK in 1999. He is currently completing a monograph study of London Presbyterianism and researching a biography of the seventeenth-century republican activist Sir John Wildman.
Summaries
Description for Bookstore
A comprehensive and contextual study of the Agreements of the People and their relationship to the Levellers, the New Model Army and the English Revolution
Long Description
The Agreements of the People were a series of constitutional schemes written, variously, by Levellers, soldiers of the New Model Army and other citizens for the settlement of 'common right and freedom' in the crisis years of the English Revolution. At the heart of these documents was the idea that a mass subscription campaign a literal agreement of the entire population would provide the means to rebuild the post-Civil War English state upon constitutional 'foundations of freedom' that could never be interfered with by future governments. These freedoms included legal equality before the law, freedom of religious conscience and freedom from impressment. This collection of essays, written by prominent scholars in the field, is the first book to explore the various Agreements in their constitutional, political and religious contexts, and examines how contemporaries and historians have interpreted these fascinating proposals for a system of government founded on a written constitution.
Main Description
In the first ever book on the Agreements of the People, the essays explore the origins, impact and legacy of the attempt to settle the nation by a written constitution at the height of the English Revolution. The volume sheds new light on the Levellers, the army, the nature of civil war radicalism and the fragmentation of the Parliamentarian cause.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this book on the Agreements of the People, the essays explore the origins, impact and legacy of the attempt to settle the nation by a written constitution at the height of the English Revolution.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. viii
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Introduction: The History and Historiography of the Agreements of the Peoplep. 1
Oaths, Covenants, Associations and the Origins of the Agreements of the People: The Road to and from Putneyp. 28
The People of the Agreements: The Levellers, Civil War Radicalism and Political Participationp. 50
Constitutionalism: Ancient, Modern and Early Modern in the Agreements of the Peoplep. 76
The Levellers, Decentralisation and the Agreements of the Peoplep. 97
Freedom of Conscience and the Agreements of the Peoplep. 117
The New Model Army and the Constitutional Crisis of the Late 1640sp. 139
Drafting the Officers' Agreement of the People, 1648-49: A Reappraisalp. 163
'A Firme and Present Peace; Upon Grounds of Common Right and Freedome': The Debate on the Agreements of the People and the Crisis of the Constitution, 1647-59p. 195
Diggers, True Levellers and the Crisis of the English Revolutionp. 218
The Agreements of the People and the Constitutions of the Interregnum Governmentsp. 239
Les principles, fondement et gouvernment d'une république: The French Agreement of the Peoplep. 262
Indexp. 267
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