Friday, 30 October 2009

Celebrating Gerrard Winstanley

400th Anniversary since the birth of the Digger Leader

7pm, Thursday 19th November 2009,
Speakers: Thomas Corns, University of Bangor, co-author of a
biography of John Milton, and Ann Hughes, University of Keele,
author of “The Causes of the English Civil War” (1998)
Venue: Russell Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square,
London WC1 (Tube: Holborn).
Organised by the Socialist History Society in association with the South Place Ethical Society (SPECS).

Gerrard Winstanley, who was born in 1609, was one of the foremost activists of the
English Revolution. His uncompromising reinterpretation of the Christian message
in response to the political and economic crises of the mid-17th Century took religious thought in an egalitarian and Communistic direction and through his many
writings we can still hear a unique voice expressing ideas that were well ahead of
his times. The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley, due out in December,
comes in two volumes at a combined 1,000 pages. This is the first comprehensive
edition of the Digger leader’s writings and aims to establish Winstanley’s
distinctive contribution to political and ethical ideas. Tom Corns and Ann Hughes, two of the editors of this new volume, will address Winstanley’s ideas and their relevance for today. The event is entirely free and refreshments will be provided courtesy of SPECS.
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