Reproduced Levellers pamphlet with an introduction by Ian Gadd, Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University.
In 1646, imprisoned in Newgate Gaol in London, the political thinker Richard Overton
penned a pamphlet which asserted the inalienable rights of the individual. It was a seminal moment in the development of liberal thought.
‘No man has power over my rights and liberties, and I over no man’s... For by natural birth all men are equally and alike born to like propriety, liberty and freedom.’
Reprinted here is Overton’s bold, declamatory pamphlet, with an introduction by Ian Gadd, Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University.
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