Tuesday 26 April 2011

19. The Putney Debates

Cromwell and the Levellers at Putney

During the latter part of 1647 a small church at Putney on the banks of the Thames saw ordinary soldiers and their civilian supporters call for not just for political and religious toleration, but also for the franchise to be extended beyond the landed gentry.  The Putney Debates paved the way for many of the civil liberties we value today but seems largely forgotten.

Listen to Episode 19


  1. Fascinating stuff - I always think about this when I drive into London and cross Putney Bridge. Good to hear a straight forward account of it.

  2. Great episode Tony I really enjoyed it. The Civil war is a particular favourite of mine and it seems strangely forgotten, or at least pretty unpopular as an option in schools these days at GCSE +. Characters like Free John Lillborne should be real icons - and yet are pretty much forgotten. Anyway, thanks, I really enjoyed it. Also, I suggest stick with the length of the podcast - it suits the depth you give topics.

  3. I've been reading a fascinating book called The Cousins' Wars by Kevin Phillips. It looks at the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War, and he makes a compelling case for how linked the conflicts actually were. I highly recommend it, and I love the podcast. I'm eagerly awaiting your next opus, so from the Windy City, cheers.

  4. Another great episode; eagerly anticipating the next...

  5. hope you will come back and do more episodes.


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