The Putney Debates
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Putney Debates of 1647, when factions of the New Model Army considered a possible new constitution for England.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Putney Debates. For several weeks in late 1647, after the defeat of King Charles I in the first hostilities of the Civil War, representatives of the New Model Army and the radical Levellers met in a church in Putney to debate the future of England. There was much to discuss: who should be allowed to vote, civil liberties and religious freedom. The debates were inconclusive, but the ideas aired in Putney had a considerable influence on centuries of political thought.
Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University
Fellow in History at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Philip Baker (ed.), The Levellers: The Putney Debates (Verso, 2007)
Philip Baker and Elliot Vernon (eds.), The Agreements of the People, the Levellers, and the Constitutional Crisis of the English Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Charles Firth (ed.), The Clarke Papers (Offices of the Royal Historical Society, 1992)
Michael Mendle (ed.), The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, the Levellers and the English State (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
Andrew Sharp (ed.), The English Levellers (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
A. S. P. Woodhouse (ed.), Puritanism and Liberty: Being the Army Debates 1647-9 (Everyman Ltd, 1986)
Austin Woolrych, Soldiers and Statesmen: the General Council of the Army and its Debates 1647-8 (Clarendon Press, 1987)