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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas


The Putney Debates

April 18th, 2013

Episode 290 of 515 episodes

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Putney Debates. For several weeks in late 1647, after the defeat of King Charles I in the first hostilities of the Civil War, representatives of the New Model Army and the radical Levellers met in a church in Putney to debate the future of England. There was much to discuss: who should be allowed to vote, civil liberties and religious freedom. The debates were inconclusive, but the ideas aired in Putney had a considerable influence on centuries of political thought. With: Justin Champion Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London Ann Hughes Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University Kate Peters Fellow in History at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Producer: Thomas Morris.