It Happened First in England ...

This short article was written in 2014 and remains unpublished. It is concerned with that radical group that emerged during the English Civil War (1642-1651) known as 'the Diggers' or 'True Levellers' led by a man named Gerrard Winstanley. April Fools Day, 1649 It is a bright but cool morning. The sun has just topped the highest trees of the deep wood that cloaks and crowns the nearby hill. These trees flow down and around the lands that encircle its foot. Somewhere, perhaps on the other side of the hill, a dog is barking, its echoes are carried across the stillness of the morning quiet. Nearby, some tethered goats are grazing on the scrubby land that lies before the woods. They are grazing

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