The Ranters

Shakespeare im Park Berlin’s newest project: an (ir)reverent homage to the theatrical art of the 17th century pamphlet. Courtesy of the Deutsche Post.

I.  February 28, 2013
II.  July 18, 2013

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[Anon.] The Arraignment and Tryall with a Declaration of the Ranters also, … (1650) [ British Library: E.620 (3)][Thomason tracts; 95:E.630(3)] [Wing (2nd ed.) A3748] [ESTCR206376]

[Anon.] A Justification of the Mad Crew in their waies and principles, or, The Madness and Weakness of God in Man … (1650) [ British Library: E.609 (18)]

[Anon.] The Ranters Declaration with Their new Oath and Protestation; … (1650) [Thomason Tracts; 95:E.620(2)] [Wing (2nd ed.) S6087] [British Library: E.620 (2)] [ESTCR206375]

[Anon.] The Ranters Ranting: or, A true Relations of a sort of People called Ranters, … (1650)

[Anon.] The Ranters Recantation: And their Sermon Delivered … [ British Library: E.620 (10)]

[Anon.] The Ranters Religion, or, A faithfull and infallible Narrative oftheir damnable and diobolical opinions, … (1650) [British Library: E.619 (8)] [Thomason Tracts; 95:E.619(8)] [Wing (2nd ed.) R253] [ESTCR206367]

[Anon.] The Rovting of the Ranters being a full relation of their uncivil carriages, and blasphemous words and actions at their mad meetings, … (1650) [British Library: E.616 (9)][Thomason Tracts; 94:E.616(9)] [Wing (2nd ed. R2055] [ESTCR203427]

[Anon.] Hell broke loose, or, the notorious design of the wicked Ranters, discovered on Sunday last at Black-Freyers. [1651] [EEb, 1640-1700; 2430:2] [Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) H1379] [ESTCR231010]

[Anon.] The Ranters creed being a true copie of the examinations of a blasphemous sort of people, commonly called ranters, whose names are herein particularised, together with the name of their pretended Gold almighty, and their false prophet … (1651) [EEb, 1641-1700; 1044:2] [Wing R250]

[Anon.] The Ranters reasons resolved to nothing, or, The fustification instread of the justification of the mad crew… (1651) [Wing B251a]

[Anon.] Strange Nevves fron Newgate and the Old-Baily: The Proofs, Examinations, Declarations, Indictments, Convictions, and confessions of I. Collins, and T. Reeve, two of the Ranters taken in More-lane, … (1651) [British Library: E.622 (3)] [Thomason Tracts; 95:E.622(3)] [Wing (2nd ed.) S5897] [ESTCR206429]

[Anon.] Strange news from Newgate, or, A relation how the ghost of Colledge the Protestant-joyner appeared to Hone the joyner since his condemnation being a account of the whole discourse that past between them (1683) [EEb, 1641-1700; 802:22] [Wing S5898]

[Anon.] The Ranters Monster: Being a true Relation of one Mary Adams, living at Tillingham in Essex, who named herself herself the Virgin Mary(1652) [British Library: E.658 (6)] [Thomason Tracts; 101:E.658(6)] [Wing (2nd ed.) R251] [ESTCR206673]

[Anon.] St. Mary, Whitehapel. May 19, 1788. Sir, you are most earnestly requested to attend the church to-morrow morning, to elect and chuse forty trustees for the year ensuing; and to consider of a proper mode of turning out all atheists, diests, Wesleys, Methodists, free-thinkers, Quakers, … ranters, bawlers, canters, … [1788] [ESTCT192843]

Barclay, Robert, 1648-1690. The anarchy of the ranters, and other libertines, … (1717) [18th century; reel 4138, no. 01] [ESTCT120647]

______. [Another ed.] (1726) [ESTCT64167]

______. [Another ed.] (1733) [ESTCT64166]

______. [Another ed.] (1757) [18th century; reel 9906, no. 09] [ESTCW18482]

______. [Another ed.] (1770) [ESTCW18483]

______. and Penn, William, 1644-1718 . [Another ed.] To which is added, A brief examination and state of liberty spiritual, … By William Penn. (1771) [18th century; reel 5643, no. 11] [ESTCT60237]

______. A treatise on Christian discipline, formerly published by Robery Barclay, under the title of The anarchy of the ranters, and other libertines [1771]

______. [Another ed.] [1790?] [ESTCT149153]

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Bauthumley, Jacob. The Light and Dark Sides of God, Or a plain and brief DISCOURSE, or … (1650) [British Library: E.1353 (2)] [Thomason Tracts; 178:E.1353(2)] [Wing (2nd ed., 1994) B1165A] [ESTCR209427]

______. [Another ed.] (1650). [EEb, 1641-1700; 1632:65][Wing B1165B]

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Clarkson, Laurence, 1615-1667. A Single Eye All Light, no Darkness; or Light and Darkness One … (1650) [British Library: E.614 (1)]

______. The Lost Sheep Found; or, The Prodigal returns to the Fathers house, after many a sad and weary Journey through many Religious Countreys, … (1660) [EEb, 1641-1700 : 1523:19] [Wing C4580]

Coppe, Abiezer, 1619-1672. Some Sweet Sips of Some Spirituall Wine, sweetly and freely dropping from one cluster of Grapes, brought between two upon a Staffe from Spiritual Canaan (the Land of the Living; (the Living Lord.) … (1649) [EEb,1641-1700 ; 683:12] [Wing C6093] [British Library: E.578 (13,14)]

______. A fiery Flying Roll, a Word from the Lord to all the Great Ones of the Earth, whom this may concerne: Being the last Warning Piece at the dreadfull day of Judgement. …(1649) [Thomason Tracts; 90:E.587 (13)] [Wing C6087] [ESTCR206283]

______. A Second Fiery Flying Roule: to All the Inhabitants of the earth, specially to the rich ones. … (1649) [Thomason Tracts: 90:E.587(14)] [Wing C6092] [ESTCR206288]

______. A Remonstrance of The sincere and Zealous Prostestations of Abiezer Coppe, Against the Blasphemous and execrable opinions recited in the Act of Aug. 10. 1650. … (1651) [British Library: E.621 (5)] [Thomason Tracts; 95:E. 621(5)] [Wing (2nd ed., 1994) C6089] [ESTCR206397]

______. Copp’s Return to the wayes of Truth: … (1651)

______. To the Supream Power, the Parliament of the Common-wealth of England And to the Right Honorable the Council of State, appointed by their Authority (1651)

______. Truth asserted against, and Triumphing over Error. (1651)

Coppin, Richard, fl. 1646-1659. Truth’s testimony, and a testimony of truths appearing, in power, life, light and glory, … (1655) [EEb, 161-1700; 1864:2] [Wing C6094] [ESTCR215454]

______. [Another ed.] (1768) [18th Century; reel 1156, no. 08][ESTCT135251]

______. A blow at the serpent; or a gentle answer from Maidstone Prison to appease wrath, advancing itself against truth and peace at Rochester. … (1656)

______. [Another ed.] [1763?] [18th Century; reel 3084, no. 08] [ESTCT135198]

______. The adventure of all things in Christ, and of Christ in all things. … [1763] [18th Century; reel 3084, no. 09] [ESTCT135207]

Downam, John. A Blow at the Root, Or, some OBSERVATIONS towards A Discovery of the Subtitles and Devices of Satan, practiced against the Church and Truth of CHRIST, as In all Ages, so in these times especially. (1650) [British Library, E.594 (14)]

Dornford. Robert. Gospel-light, and gospel-life, in the saints conversaation. … A discovery of some ranters lartely brought to trial in London, with their examnations. A word to all men in power. (1652)[Thomson Tracts; 175:E.13315(2)] [Wing 92nd ed., 1994) D1934] [ESTCR209204]

Farnworth, Richard, d. 1666. The ranters principles & deceits discovered and declared against, denied and disowned by us whom the world cals Quakers (1655) [Thomason Tracts: 126.E.830(14)] [Wing(2nd ed.) F501] [ESTCR207442]

[Hall, George, 1612?-1668]. The Declaration of John Robins, the false Prophet, otherwise clled the Skakers God, and Joshua Beck, and John King, the two false disciples, with the rest of their Fellow-Creatures now prisoners in the New-prison at Clarkenwell: … (1651) [British Library: E.629 (13)]

______ and Digby. Kenelm, Sir, 1603-1665. The black and terrible vvarning piece, or, a scourge to Englands rebellion. … the dangerous proceedings of the ranters … (1653) [Thomason Tracts; 111:E.721(7)] [Wing (2nd ed., 1994) B3039] [ESTCR207217]

Hickcock, Richard. A Testimony against the People call’d Ranters and their Pleads and their pleads and a call or invitation of them to return to the Lord again (1659) [EEb 1641-1700 : 1485:9] [Wing H1918] [ESTCR31100] Hyde, Edward

Holland, John. Smoke of the Bottomlesse Pit or, A More true and fuller Discovery of the Doctrine of those men which call themselves Ranters: or, The Mad Crew (1651) [British Library: E.622 (5)] [Thomason Tracts; 95:E.622(5)] [Wing (2nd ed.) H2428] [ESTCR206430]

Hyde, Edward,1607-1659. A Wonder and yet no Wonder: a great Red Dragon in Heaven (1651) [Thomason Tracts; 179:E.1361(2)] [Wing H3869] [ESTCR209183]

[M., J.] The ranters last sermon (1654) [Thomason Tracts; 123:E.808(1)] [Wing (2nd ed.) M47] [ESTCR207492]

Reading, John, 1588-1667. The Ranters ranting: with the apprehending, examinations, and confession of Iohn Collins, I. Shakespear, Tho. Wiberton, and five more which are to answer the next sessions. (1650) {Thomason Tracts; 95:E.618(8)] [Wing R450] [ESTCR203304]

Reeve, John, 1608-1658. The prophet Reeve’s epistle to his friend, discovering the dark light of the Quakers, written in the year 1654. September the 20th. [1660?] [EEb, 1640-1700; 1938:21] [ESTCR217554]

Roulston, Gilbert. Ranters Bible, or, Seven several Religions by them held and maintained, with the full particulars of their strange Sects and Societies; … (1650) [British Library: E.619 (6)] [Thomason Tracts; 95:E.619(6)] [Wing (2nd ed.) R2006][ESTCR206365]

Salmon, Joseph. Antichrist in man, or A discovery of the great whore that sits upon many waters. … (1647) [EEb, 1641-1700; 1129:17][Wing (2nd ed.) S413][ESTCR39105]

______. [Another ed.] (1648)[EEb, 1641-1700; 1046:15] {Wing S414] [ESTCR34048]

______. [Another ed.] (1649) [EEb, 1641-1700; 1535:23] [Wing (2nd ed.) S414A] [ESTCR32330]

_____. Divinity anatomized. Or, Truth nakely appearing out of its fleshly cloathing, and creature attire. (1649) [ESTCR231557]

______. A Rout, A Rout, Or some part of the Armies Quarters Beaten Up, By the DAY of the Lord Stealing upon them. (1649)

______. Heights in Depths and Depths in Heights or Truth no less Secretly then Sweetly sparkling out its GLORY from under a Cloud of OBLOQUIE, ,,, (1651)

Sheppard, S[amuel]. The Joviall Crevv, or, The Devill turn’d RANTER: Being a Character of The roaring Ranters of these Times. Represented in a COMEDIE containing A true Discovery of the cursed Conversations, … (1651) [British Library: E.621 (7)] [Thomason Tracts; 95:E.621(7)] [Wing (2nd ed.) S3166] [ESTCR206410]

Stokes, Edward. The VViltshire Rant; or A narrative wherein the most unparallel’d prophane acting, counterfeit repentings, nd evil speaking of Thomas Webbe late pretended minister of Langley Buriall, … (1652) [Thomason Tract; 103.E.669(5)] [Wing (2nd ed.) S5725] [ESTCR207024]

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Taylor, John, 1580-1653. Ranters of both Sexes male and female being thirteen or more, taken and imprisoned in the gate-house at Westminster, and in the new-prison at Clerken Well. Wherein John Robins doth declare himself to be the great God of Heaven, and the great deliverer, … (1651) [Thomason Tracts; 97:E.629(15)] [Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) T499] [ESTCR206443]

Tilbury, Samuel, fl. 1650-61. Bloudy Newse from the North, and The Rantering Adamites Declaration concerning the King of Scotland, with their new League, Covenant, and Protestation; … (1650) [British Library: E.622 (1)] [EEb, 1641-1700; 116:12] [Wing (2nd ed.)T1162] [ESTCR6387]

Webbe, Thomas. Mr. Edwards pen no slander; or, the Gangraena once more searched: … (1646)[Thomason tracts; 55:E.337(34)] [Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) W1206] [ESTCR200835]

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