Levellers

Connections

Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Katherine Chidley
Samuel Chidley grew up to be active among the Levellers , both in person and in print. He also became his mother's publishing colleague.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Samuel Chidley
Friends, Associates Damaris Masham
DM 's friends also included Lady Ranelagh , whose ODNB entry calls her the leading woman intellectual of her generation,
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Jones, Katherine, Viscountess Ranelagh
and who provides a rare trace of Masham's mostly invisible...
Friends, Associates Lady Eleanor Douglas
This autumn she took on Gerrard Winstanley and impoverished members of the political grouping of Levellers to work on her land. Winstanley apparently became her estate steward.
Purkiss, Diane. The English Civil War, A People’s History. Harper Perennial, 2007.
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Intertextuality and Influence Caryl Churchill
The play takes place in the period immediately following Charles I 's defeat by Cromwell , when for a short time . . . anything seemed possible.
Churchill, Caryl. Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Pluto Press, 1978.
prelims
Critics have recognised Churchill's debt to Christopher Hill
Intertextuality and Influence Catharine Macaulay
By undertaking archival work in seventeenth-century pamphlets, CM set out to ensure that her history should surpass that of Hume (who was generally regarded as a Tory historian, though he was ambivalent about this label)...
politics Lady Eleanor Douglas
LED crossed swords with Gerrard Winstanley , leader of the Levellers : she had dismissed him from her employ after a dispute about pay for his men.
Cope, Esther S. Handmaid of the Holy Spirit: Dame Eleanor Davies, Never Soe Mad a Ladie. University of Michigan Press, 1992.
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Purkiss, Diane. The English Civil War, A People’s History. Harper Perennial, 2007.
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politics Margaret Fell
In May 1657 she was approached for advice and help by the LevellersJohn Lilburne . According to one story Lilburne became a Quaker before he died later that year; he was certainly attracted to...
Textual Production Naomi Mitchison
Sea-Green Ribbons began as a play about the life of John Lilburne , the Leveller leader, but shifted in both genre and central subject-matter.
Calder, Jenni. The Nine Lives of Naomi Mitchison. Virago, 1997.
287
Textual Production Katherine Chidley
KC may have been one of the Leveller women who petitioned Parliament for the release of John Lilburne ; she may also have been the chief writer of the petition.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Gillespie, Katharine. “A Hammer in Her Hand: The Separation of Church from State and the Early Feminist Writings of Katherine Chidley”. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, No. 2, pp. 213 - 33.
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Textual Production Katherine Chidley
With other Leveller women, KC repeatedly petitioned parliament on issues of trade, the colonial war in Ireland (which they opposed), and the imprisonment of the husbands of many of them.
Gillespie, Katharine. “A Hammer in Her Hand: The Separation of Church from State and the Early Feminist Writings of Katherine Chidley”. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, No. 2, pp. 213 - 33.
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Timeline

6 January 1647
Mary Overton , arrested with her brother-in-law Thomas as they worked on a scandalous pamphlet,
Purkiss, Diane. The English Civil War, A People’s History. Harper Perennial, 2007.
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was brought before the House of Lords , pregnant and with her six-month-old baby in her arms.
8 February 1647
Elizabeth Lilburne was arrested for circulating pamphlets by her husband, John Lilburne , a leader of the group later called Levellers (who published nearly forty such works between spring 1640 and late September 1649).
From 9 September 1647
The Putney Debates began with weekly meetings of the General Council of the New Model Army in Putney church.
October 1647
Followers of John Lilburne , who had proclaimed the sovereignty of the people, as opposed to that of the monarch, were for the first time nicknamed Levellers.
15 November 1647
After the Putney Debates the Levellers planned another meeting with the New Model Army at Ware in Hertfordshire. Cromwell , however, intervened.
23 April 1649
London women brought the Petition of divers wel-affected women before the House of Commons demanding the release of John Lilburne and other Levellers .
1 May 1649
Following the imprisonment of John Lilburne and others, the Levellers issued An Agreement of the Free People of England, which Catharine Macaulay later judged their most important text.
5 May 1649
Women calling themselves female Leveller petitionersprotested to Parliament about the continued imprisonment of their husbands: this action had been well prepared for.