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:

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This chapter discusses the consequences faced by the Diggers and the aftermath of the Digger movement. The story of the Digger movement did not end with the destruction of Digger colonies in April and May 1650. The Diggers renewed their activities at the time of the 1650 harvest, which seemed to have been a co-ordinated, symbolic action. Even when their own crops had been destroyed, the Diggers sought out worthy individuals and offered them help in bringing in the year's crop. Winstanley and several of his companions made their way to Pirton in Hertfordshire, where the prophetess Lady Eleanor Davies, who had declared 1650 to be a year of Jubilee and restitution, held the Rectory manor and impropriation. The Diggers remained at Pirton, threshing wheat and assisting with general estate business.

Keywords: Digger movement; Lady Eleanor Davies; Digger colonies; symbolic action; Pirton; estate business

Chapter.  8873 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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