Abiezer Coppe

Abiezer Coppe (1619 – 1672) was an English Ranters and a writer of prophetic religious pamphlets. He was born in Warwick on May 20, 1619, and was a pupil of Thomas Dugard at The King’s School, Warwick. From there he went to All Souls College, Oxford and also Merton College, Oxford. His original Fiery Flying Roll (1649) is a tirade against inequality and hypocrisy, which vividly evokes the charged and visionary atmosphere that swept over England during the civil war and interregnum. Like Lodowick Muggleton and the Diggers’ leader Gerrard Winstanley, Coppe combined an egalitarian social vision with an apocalyptic religious one. Coppe’s views were unpopular with both Royalists and Parliamentarians, and shortly after the Fiery Flying Roll was published he was imprisoned at Newgate Prison and the book publicly burned. Coppe was later released and celebrated by publishing Coppe’s return to the ways of righteousness, in which he retracted his previous heresies, while adding a few more. In 1657 he apparently changed his name to Dr Higham, and was buried under that name in the summer of 1672. His legend has been celebrated in modern music, including a folk song composed by Leon Rosselson with the eponymous title “Abiezer Coppe” with the refrain,

So lift the loving cup
to Abuiezer Coppe…

A Fiery Flying Roule

Eirik Steinhoff

A Fiery Flying Roule: To all the Inhabitants of the Earth; Specially the Rich Ones reproduces a series of pamphlets handed out during the Oakland Commune (a.k.a. Occupy Oakland) from 2 November 2011, the day of the “general strike” that shut down the Port of Oakland, to May Day 2012....

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Eirik Steinhoff

A Fiery Flying Roule: to all the inhabitants of the earth; specially the rich ones reproduces a series of pamphlets distributed during the Oakland Commune (a.k.a. Occupy Oakland) from 2 November 2011, the day of the “general strike” that shut down the Port of Oakland, to May Day 2012. These 25 front-line transmissions are chronicle-collages of poetry, prose, photographs, and diagrams that reflect and respond to actions and events as they transpired in those heated 6 months. Their name recycles the title of a pair of antinomian pamphlets circulated by the London Ranter Abiezer Coppe in 1649; the tenor of Coppe’s prophetic do-it-yourself political barnstorming is continuously operative in these latter-day missives, particularly in the irregular orthography of the proper noun by which he called his pamphlets. This color-printed archive edition of the Roules includes a 60-pp. afterword that situates the project in its historical contexts.


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