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The Making of Oliver Cromwell

Ronald Hutton


Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658) — the only English commoner to become the overall head of state — is one of the great figures of history, but his character was very complex. He was at once courageous and devout, devious and self-serving; as a parliamentarian, he was devoted to his cause; as a soldier, he was ruthless. Cromwell's speeches and writings surpass in quantity those of any other ruler of England before Victoria and, for those seeking to understand him, he has usually been taken at his word. This book untangles the facts from the fiction. Cromwell, pursuing his devotion to God and cementi ... More

Keywords: Oliver Cromwell, Puritan, English Civil War, faith, dishonesty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300257458
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300257458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Hutton, author
Bristol University