The Levellers Principal Figures - Essay

Principal Figures

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

M. A. Gibb (essay date 1947)

SOURCE: "Leader of the Levellers," in John Lilburne the Leveller: A Christian Democrat, pp. 160-86. London: Lindsay Drummond, 1947.

[In the following essay, Gibb analyzes John Lilburne's leading role in the Leveller movement. In examining the petitions and pamphlets Lilburne authored or coauthored with other prominent Leveller figures, Gibb asserts Lilburne's influence on the party's ideology.]

'I am confident that it must be the poor, the simple and mean things of the earth, that must confound the mighty and the strong'.

RICHARD OVERTON.

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