The Digger and the Quaker: Gerrard Winstanley and James Nayler

10 October 2022 - 6 November 2022

The live Zoom sessions are at 19:00-20:00 (UK time) on Thursday 20 October and 3 November.



The Digger and the Quaker

In this course we will explore in some detail the fascinating similarities between the writings of the Digger leader, Gerrard Winstanley in the 1640s, and those of early Quaker minister, James Nayler, in the 1650s.

The material covered in this course will help you to understand how the early Quaker movement emerged out of an already existing radical Puritan milieu. To what extent was James Nayler a representative of Leveller and Digger radicalism in the 1650s? Might this help explain why he was treated so brutally by the Second Protectorate Parliament? Why did this Quaker radicalism wane over the next few decades?

The course, which runs over four weeks, includes recorded presentations, questions for reflection, written resources and a discussion forum. We will also meet together in two short live sessions to share our reflections and responses.

The date period given for the course is when you are expected to interact with the online material and discussion forum; you can work on this at any time to suit you.

All times are given as UK time. Make sure to check your own timezone at

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline discussion forumOnline Learning MaterialsRecorded materialWritten and visualZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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