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Kevin Sharpe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162004

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162004.001.0001

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Contesting and Commemorating Cromwell

Contesting and Commemorating Cromwell

(p.526) Chapter 19 Contesting and Commemorating Cromwell
Image Wars

Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the contestation and commemoration of Oliver Cromwell in England. From the creation of the Protectorate, Cromwell and the government were the targets not only of satires but of opposition writings of various genres that contested official representations. Although an apologist for the Instrument sought to disparage the opinionators who protested against the new regime, far from fading with time, the attacks on Cromwell personally and the regime generally increased in number and intensity. His new title was a great stumbling block to obeying the government. The collapse of the Protector's first parliament only added fuel to the opposition. The Declaration of the MPs lately dissolved directly accused Cromwell, mighty Conqueror, of tyranny, and published that they had been purged because they had sought to restrain his avarice and ambition.

Keywords:   Oliver Cromwell, government, ambition

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