Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives

Oliver Cromwell: New Perspectives

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Edited by Patrick Little

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 215mm x 18mm | 368g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230574211
  • ISBN 13: 9780230574212
  • Illustrations note: 1 black & white line drawings, 3 maps, 1 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 720,052

Product description

This book offers a new evaluation and 'biography' of Cromwell, which draws on the latest research to challenge the accepted view of his life, character and political career.2008 is the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's death and so a new evaluation of his life is particularly timely. It brings together cutting-edge scholarship that challenge the accepted view of Cromwell. It is accessibly written to capitalise on the general interest in Cromwell and to appeal to A-level students.Little integrates the latest research from younger and established scholars to provide a new evaluation and 'biography' of Cromwell. The book challenges received wisdom about Cromwell's rise to power, his political and religious beliefs, his relationship with various communities across the British Isles and his role as Lord Protector.

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Author information

PATRICK LITTLE is Senior Research Officer at the History of Parliament Trust, UK. His publications include Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland and (with David L. Smith) Parliament and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate.

Review quote

'This is a collection of essays that are startlingly fresh in their judgements: it presents a whole series of challenges to the entrenched view of Cromwell as a man driven by religious zeal and little else.' - John Morrill FBA, Professor of British and Irish History, University of Cambridge 'This book...contains many useful insights into his [Cromwell's] character and how contemporaries saw him.' - Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research

Table of contents

Introduction 1636: The Unmaking of Oliver Cromwell?; S.Healy 'One That Would Sit Well At the Mark: The Early Parliamentary Career of Oliver Cromwell; S.K.Roberts 'Lord of the Fens': Oliver Cromwell's Reputation and the First Civil War; S.L.Sadler 'A Despicable Contemptible Generation of Men'?: Cromwell and The Levellers; P.Baker Cromwell in Ireland Before 1649; P.Little Oliver Cromwell and the Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms; K.MacKenzie Oliver Cromwell (alias William) and Wales; L.Bowen The Lord Protector's Servants and Courtiers; A.Barclay John Thurloe and the Offer of the Crown to Cromwell; P.Little 'Fit for Public Services'; The Upbringing of Richard Cromwell; J.Peacey Index