John Lilburne: the rebel they couldn’t gag

John Lilburne was whipped, pilloried, imprisoned and exiled, yet still the authorities couldn’t silence him. Mike Braddick charts one man’s extraordinary fight for the rights of the freeborn Englishman in the 17th century Complements the 10-part BBC Radio 4 series The Battles That Won Our Freedoms

A 1646 engraving of John Lilburne behind bars. The outspoken critic of successive governments spent half his life imprisoned or in exile. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

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