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Oliver Cromwell (Penguin Monarchs): England's Protector



By: David Horspool(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Biography

Publisher: Allen Lane (23 Feb. 2017)

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The original title of the book: Oliver Cromwell (Penguin Monarchs): England's Protector

Although he styled himself 'His Highness', adopted the court ritual of his royal predecessors, and lived in the former royal palaces of Whitehall and Hampton Court, Oliver Cromwell was not a king - in spite of the best efforts of his supporters to crown him.

Yet, as David Horspool shows in this illuminating new portrait of England's Lord Protector, Cromwell, the Puritan son of Cambridgeshire gentry, wielded such influence that it would be a pretence to say that power really lay with the collective. The years of Cromwell's rise to power, shaped by a decade-long civil war, saw a sustained attempt at the collective government of England; the first attempts at a real Union of Britain; the beginnings of empire; a radically new solution to the idea of a national religion; atrocities in Ireland; and the readmission to England of the Jews, a people officially banned for over three and a half centuries. At the end of it, Oliver Cromwell had emerged as the country's sole ruler: to his enemies, and probably to most of his countrymen, his legacy looked as likely to last as that of the Stuart dynasty he had replaced.

David Horspool is the History Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, and the author of Why Alfred Burned the Cakes: A king and his eleven-hundred-year afterlife, The English Rebel: One thousand years of troublemaking from the Normans to the Nineties, and Richard III: A ruler and his reputation. He co-edited The People Speak: Voices that changed Britain with Anthony Arnove and Colin Firth.

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  • By sootylee on 27 April 2017

    Historically fair and a good read no surprises

  • By Robert Tostevin on 7 August 2017

    If like me your view of Cromwell has been formed by the Movies (especially the 1970 Biopic "Cromwell" starring Richard Harris) then this book provides a brief but good overview of a very different kind of man.A complex man - who wasn't driven by our modern perceptions of democracy - but driven rather by religion and what was perceived at the time as to how a good King should behave.A good read.

  • By John Sheldon on 15 April 2017

    Why on earth did he bother? Nothing particularly new to say. Densely written, far too short, irritating cover, read like a student essay "Oliver Cromwell was a great man: discuss".

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