Lilburne, John

Lilburne, John
   Lilburne was born of an interesting family. His father was one of the last people in England to demand settlement by single combat in a civil suit and his brother, Robert, was one of the signatories of the death warrant of King Charles i. He was born in Greenwich, England, and, as a young man, was whipped and pilloried for circulating unlicensed books. He is remembered as the most prominent of the Levellers, a radical party of the Commonwealth period. The Levellers demanded that sovereignty be transferred to the House of Commons and that the House be elected by universal suffrage.
   They also campaigned for freedom of religion and equality before the law. Eventually most of the party leaders were arrested. Lilburne himself was banished in 1652 and, when he returned to England, he was put on trial and imprisoned until 1655. He was released after it was known he had converted to Quakerism and would cause no more trouble. He was the author of The Case of the Army Truly Stated, which was published in 1647. After 1651, the Levellers ceased to be a significant political force.
   J. Frank, The Levellers: A History of the Writings of Three Seventeenth-Century Social Democrats, John Lilburne, Richard Overton and William Walwyn (1955);
   P.E. Gregg, Free-Born John: A Biography of John Lilburne (1961).

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