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By Nigel Smith, John Carey

Author note: ahead through John Carey
Publish yr note: First released September tenth 2013

The Ranters - just like the Levellers and the Diggers - have been a gaggle of non secular libertarians who flourished through the English Civil warfare (1642–1651), a interval of social and spiritual turmoil which observed, within the phrases of the historian Christopher Hill, 'the global grew to become upside down'.

A number of Ranter Writings is the main awesome try and anthologise the foremost Ranter writings, bringing jointly probably the most striking, visionary and unforgettable texts. the topics variety from the boundaries to excitement and divine correct, to social justice and collective action.

The Ranters have intrigued and captivated generations of students and philosophers. This rigorously curated assortment should be of significant curiosity to historians, philosophers and all these attempting to comprehend previous radical traditions.

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Hessayon, ‘Abiezer Coppe and the Ranters,’ 368. For Wyke, see ODNB. Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (Oxford, 1721), Vol. 2, Col. 500. Owen C. Watkins, The Puritan Experience (1972), 147; Abiezer Coppe, Selected Writings, ed. F. , Imagining Early Modern London: Perceptions and Portrayals of the City from Stow to Strype 1598–1720 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), 284–86. 53 George Fox, Journal, ed. Nigel Smith (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1999), 149–50. 20 Introduction In 1680, eight years after Coppe’s death, there appeared a broadsheet poem called ‘The Character of a True Christian,’ signed A.

161). Bauthumley’s meditation dispenses with citation: ‘and so rather then I would loose, or let pass what was spiritually discovered inside me, I was willing to omit the outward viewing of them in a chapter or verse’ (p. 224). The conflict between literalism and freer interpretation is exemplified in a debate between the Presbyterian John Osborn, and Richard Coppin: Cop. That he shall see God was true but the place and the time was not true: he spake not aright according to the time and place, only as to the thing, that he should see God was true, but that it should be after he had laid down his body, that was not true: and accordingly he did see him, but in his natural life, before he died.

22 Introduction even coprophagia. Eating becomes a similar bestial ritual. Ranters were ‘sitting at table, eating of a piece of Beef, one of them took it in his hand, tearing it a sunder, said to the other This is the flesh of Christ, take and eat,’60 and the desire for mystical union is seen as an excuse for the physical. In some accounts of Ranterism, the work of the Devil is detected. Samuel Sheppard’s The Joviall-Crew, or the Devill turn’d Ranter (1650) is a condensed twelve-page pamphlet drama, probably never intended for performance since it was so short.

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