A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries – the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedoms by Edward Vallance available soon at the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Little, Brown, 2009, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: From medieval Runnymede to twentieth-century Jarrow, from King Alfred to George Orwell by way of John Lilburne and Mary Wollstonecraft, a rich and colourful thread of radicalism runs through a thousand years of British history.
In this fascinating study, Edward Vallance traces a national tendency towards revolution, irreverence and reform wherever it surfaces and in all its variety. He unveils the British people who fought and died for religious freedom, universal suffrage, justice and liberty and shows why, now more than ever, their heroic achievements must be celebrated. Beginning with Magna Carta, Vallance subjects the touchstones of British radicalism to rigorous scrutiny. He evokes the figureheads of radical action, real and mythic Robin Hood and Captain Swing, Wat Tyler, Ned Ludd, Thomas Paine and Emmeline Pankhurst and the popular movements that bore them.
Lollards and Levellers, Diggers, Ranters and Chartists, each has its membership, principles and objectives revealed.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper.
Burgundy boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 639 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.