The World of the Ranters
A L Morton's account of religious radicalism in the English Revolution
First paperback edition. 21.5 × 13.5cm, 224pp.
The Ranters came into prominence after the defeat of the Levellers at Burford in 1649 had put a final end to the most serious political and military challenge to Cromwell from the left. With their direct appeal to the outcast urban poor, coupled with a fragrant and often blasphemous defiance of traditional Christian morality, the Ranter sect provide a striking illustration of the continuing radical political and theological opposition to the Cromwellian Commonwealth. This book contains the first full length study of this, the most radical of all the left wing sects that flourished in the English Revolution of the seventeenth century. It also includes studies of outstanding Leveller leaders (like John Lilburne, Richard Overton, and William Walwyn) as well as the first biographical portrait of the pamphleteer Laurence Clarkson, whose life provides a guide to virtually all the independent and radical sects of the period.
This copy is in very good condition, with just a very slight crease to the spine.