Learning Exercise

The Trial of John Lilburne

The Trial of John Lilburne represents a milestone in the history of English Civil Rights and the gradual evolution of judicial and governmental change in England.
Course: Western Civilization

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Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "John Lilburne Trials 1638-1653. CLICK and READ: John Lilburne, John Lilburne the First English Libertarian, the Levelers, Agreement of the Free People of England, Star Chamber February 1637, Lilburne's Judgment by the House of Lords 1646, Lilburne on trial for high treason, John Lilburne Leveler Leader. Write a 5-6 page paper answering the following questons: 1. Who was John Lilburne?, 2. Who were the Levelers and what were their goals?, 3. Why was Lilburne regarded as a Libertarian?, 4. What was the Star Chamber?, 5. What was the House of Lords judgment regarding Lilburne?, 6. Why was Lilburne on trial for treason?, 7. Who were Lilburne's accussers?, 8. Who were Lilburne's defenders?, 9. How was the trial conducted?, 10. Whas was the verdict?, 11. Did Lilburne get a fair trial?


England, Great Britain, Levelers, Civil Rights.

Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with major judicial and constitutional issues in 17th century England.