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By Rudy Wiebe

Monstrous endure (1825-1888) used to be a Plains Cree leader in Saskatchewan at a time while aboriginals have been faced with the disappearance of the buffalo and waves of ecu settlers that appeared destined to wreck the Indian lifestyle. In 1876 he refused to signal Treaty No. 6, till 1882, whilst his humans have been ravenous. massive endure endorsed negotiation over violence, but if the government refused to barter with aboriginal leaders, a few of his fans killed nine humans at Frog Lake in 1885. great endure himself used to be arrested and imprisoned. Rudy Wiebe, writer of a Governor General's Award-winning novel approximately vast endure, revisits the lifetime of the eloquent statesman, one in every of Canada's most vital aboriginal leaders.

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Older heretical ideas that had survived relatively unchanged in the religious underground of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries could take on wholly new forms when exposed to new audiences during the Civil War. Readers of the many writings from the spiritualist tradition which became easily accessible for the first time through cheap publications might take on board some arguments but discard others, in ways the authors and their immediate followers would never have intended; ideas were constantly being refashioned and reworked in original and unexpected ways.

109 Winstanley was often willing – as in his readings of the Bible – to play freely with the meanings of constitutional documents, and in this he differed markedly from Lilburne, who was always keen to tease out the true meanings of such documents and the intentions of their authors. Winstanley may however have been acquainted with Lilburne, for the latter took over from him as counsel for John Fielder in 1650, and claimed to have been following the case from its inception. Gurney T02493 01 text 32 10/10/2012 11:19 The Making of the Digger 33 Winstanley was joined in his defence of Fielder by a neighbour of his, Henry Bickerstaffe, who lived at Painshill on the borders of Walton and Cobham.

It is also significant that it was around the time of republication that Winstanley was working on two of his most significant religious tracts, A New-Yeers Gift and the communistic Fire in the Bush, works that were designed partly to remind readers of the essential theological foundations of the Digger programme. Winstanley’s early works were written against a background of unfolding political crisis. 103 Following the invasion of Parliament by Presbyterian apprentices in July 1647, and the consequent flight of many MPs and peers, the army had marched on London, and large numbers of troops were once more quartered in counties around the capital; free quarter again became a major grievance.

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