Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745331836 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Gerrard Winstanley: The Digger's Life and Legacy

John Gurney

Gerrard Winstanley: The Digger's Life and Legacy

John Gurney

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745331836 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745331843 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
'The power of property was brought into creation by the sword', so wrote Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) – Christian Communist, leader of the Diggers movement and bête noire of the landed aristocracy. Despite being one of the great English radicals, Winstanley remains unmentioned in today's lists of 'great Britons'.

John Gurney reveals the hidden history of Winstanley and his movement. As part of the radical ferment which swept England at the time of the civil war, Winstanley led the Diggers in taking over land and running it as 'a common treasury for all' – provoking violent opposition from landowners. Gurney also guides us through Winstanley's writings, which are among the most remarkable prose writings of his age.

Gerrard Winstanley: The Digger's Life and Legacy is a must read for students of English history and all those seeking to re-claim the commons today.
Contents
1: Introduction
2: The Making of the Digger
3: Winstanley the Digger
4: A New Beginning?
5: Winstanley’s Legacy
Notes
Index
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