A Collection of Ranter Writings

A Collection of Ranter Writings : Spiritual Liberty and Sexual Freedom in the English Revolution

5 (2 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas


The Ranters - like the Levellers and the Diggers - were a group of religious libertarians who flourished during the English Civil War (1642-1651), a period of social and religious turmoil which saw, in the words of the historian Christopher Hill, 'the world turned upside down'. A Collection of Ranter Writings is the most notable attempt to anthologise the key Ranter writings, bringing together some of the most remarkable, visionary and unforgettable texts. The subjects range from the limits to pleasure and divine right, to social justice and collective action.The Ranters have intrigued and captivated generations of scholars and philosophers. This carefully curated collection will be of great interest to historians, philosophers and all those trying to understand past radical traditions.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 167.64 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 719.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0745333613
  • 9780745333618

About Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith is William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University. His books include Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (2010), Is Milton better than Shakespeare? (2008) and Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 (1994).show more

Table of contents

Foreword - John Carey & Greil Marcus Preface Introduction 1. Abiezer Coppe Preface to 'John the Divine's Divinity' (1648) 'Some Sweet Sips, of some Spirituall Wine' (1649) 'An Additional and Preambular Hint' to Richard Coppin's 'Divine teachings' (1649) 'A Fiery Flying Roll' and 'A Second Fiery Flying Roule' (1649) Letter from Coppe to Salmon and Wyke 'A Remonstrance of The Sincere and Zealous Protestation' (1651) 'Copp's Return to the wayes of Truth' (1651) 2. Laurence Clarkson 'A Single Eye All Light, no Darkness' (1650) From 'The Lost Sheep Found' (1660) 3. Joseph Salmon 'A Rout, A Rout' (1649) Letter from Salmon to Thomas Webbe (3 April 1650) 'Heights in Depths' (1651) 4. Jacob Bauthumley 'The Light and Dark Sides of God' (1650) Notes Index Index of Biblical Referencesshow more

Review quote

'Admirable and lively' -- The Tablet 'This splendid edition of Ranter writings covers the whole range of their politics and theology and shows the movement developing over time. Smith preserves the Ranters' highly distinctive spelling and orthography ... A fascinating and exhilarating read' -- Edinburgh Review 'Nigel Smith is to be congratulated for bringing these writings together for the first time in one volume' -- History Today 'As a primer in the strangeness of radical thought during the period, as well as a wildly entertaining (if slightly crazed) read' -- Times Literary Supplementshow more

Rating details

2 ratings
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (2)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X