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Free Born John: Biography of John Lilburne Paperback – 1 May 1986


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Ltd (1 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460024655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460024655
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tom Griffin on 12 Jun. 2002
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Free Born John is the definitive biography of a neglected but decisive figure in English history, the Leveller leader John Lilburne.
Gregg's account focuses on the Levellers' fight for legal and political rights for ordinary people, a story which has many parallels with strugges for human rights around the world today.
She shows how Lilburne used propaganda and mass organisation in a way which made him arguably the first modern political activist, and the Levellers the first modern poitical movement.
Its particularly good on the network of underground printing presses which sustained the Puritan underground opposition to Charles II.
Required reading for anyone who wants to understand the human struggle underneath the costume drama of the English Civil War.
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To any serious student of the civil war period in England this is essential reading. Ideas which gained currency in England at that time may have remained dormant here, but were exported to the colonies and eventually bore fruit as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". In due course they helped to inspire the best ideals of the French revolution and nineteenth century socialism. A scholarly book but very readable
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By D. Harrop on 14 Dec. 2014
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Very detailed, well written, well produced and bound. I enjoyed reading it, and found it very insightful. If you've not read about Lilburne you should. In reading his work and that of men like John Locke you can see why the American War of Independence happened. His bravery and stubbornness is inspiring.
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By Robert on 4 Sept. 2013
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Excellent historical biography that has long been on my life time list of "to read" books with insights not only into a passionate honest political thinker but also his times.
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By Harry Donaghy on 6 Jan. 2015
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Another great addition to my home library of modern history!
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