Fifth Monarchists

The Fifth Monarchist group emerged in 1649. Leading members included Thomas Harrison, John Carew, Vavasor Powell and Christopher Feake and was popular with soldiers serving in the New Model Army. The group sought the abolition of tithes, an increase in the help for the poor and the release of debtors from prison.

The Fifth Monarchists were opposed to the dictatorial rule of Oliver Cromwell and its leaders were imprisoned during the Commonwealth.