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The Diggers and the local community

John Gurney

in Brave Community

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719061028
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719061028.003.0006
The Diggers and the local community

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This chapter discusses the attacks on the Diggers and their relations with the local community. The first attack on them was recorded when the ‘divers of the diggers’ were taken to the village of Walton and locked in the church, before being freed by a justice of the peace. On the second occasion more than a hundred people forced the Diggers off the hill and took them first to Walton and then Kingston. A mistaken belief that the Diggers enjoyed the protection of the army saved them from further violence during the first few days. The Diggers returned to the hill in greater numbers after the initial wave of attacks, and were subjected to further assaults in the succeeding weeks and months. The Diggers identified strongly with the profound and unexpected political changes that were taking place around them, and they were inspired to act.

Keywords: local community; Diggers; political change; Walton; Kingston

Chapter.  27885 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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