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Putney debates


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These occupied the general council of the army from 28 October to 1 November 1647, and were recorded almost verbatim by its secretary William Clarke. The central question was whether to continue seeking a negotiated settlement with the king. Representatives of the Levellers put before it a revolutionary alternative, an Agreement of the People, and the ensuing arguments for and against manhood suffrage were memorably eloquent.

Subjects: British History.


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