Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Putney Debates.

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The Putney Debates
Duration: 43 minutes
First broadcast:Thursday 18 April 2013Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss 
the Putney Debates. For several weeks in late 1647, after the defeat of King 
Charles I in the first hostilities of the Civil War, representatives of the 
New Model Army and the radical Levellers met in a church in Putney to debate 
the future of England. There was much to discuss: who should be allowed to 
vote, civil liberties and religious freedom. The debates were inconclusive, 
but the ideas aired in Putney had a considerable influence on centuries of 
political thought.


Justin Champion
Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University 
of London

Ann Hughes
Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University

Kate Peters
Fellow in History at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

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