Oct 11, 2018
Episode 15 returns to Europe and
formative events in 17th Century England, where a mostly forgotten group
of radicals demanded a written constitution guaranteeing free
speech, liberty of conscience, and democracy. But who were the
Levellers? What was the historical context of their radical demands
and why were they ultimately crushed by former allies?
Listen and find the answers to
such questions as:
was the first English author to demand full religious toleration
for both heretics and non-Christians?
did Charles I and Archbishop Laud cut off the ears of dissenting
happens when you try to impose alien religious ceremonies on proud
and devout Scots?
was censorship abolished in 1641 and what were the
happened at the Putney Debates?
radical were the Levellers’ demands for free speech and liberty of
John Milton really become a censor himself?
did traditionalists refer to pamphlets and books as
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