Roundhead Reputations: The English Civil War and the Passions of PosterityPaperback
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 259g
- Publication date: 25 July 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141006943
- ISBN 13: 9780141006949
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: b&w engravings, index
An examination of the reputation of the principal Roundheads (Cromwell, Ludlow, Hampden and others) and how over the past 350 years each generation has projected its own concerns on the most traumatic event in English history. Worden discusses several works including Ludlow's "Memoirs", (the account of the Revolution which was only exposed as a forgery 300 years after its publication) and Thomas Carlyle's "Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell", showing how the fighting has intellectually never really stopped.
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Blair Worden is Professor of History at the University of Sussex and regularly reviews for the Sunday Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere.
Table of contents
Edmund Ludlow - the Civil Wars and after; Ludlow the puritan; Ludlow the whig; Ludlow's editor; Algernon Sidney the republican; Sidney the whig; the patriots; Oliver Cromwell - from villain to hero; Victorian Cromwell; Carlyle's Cromwell; the Cromwell statue; the levellers and the left; epilogue.