Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

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New York Univ Pr
A brief and accessible introduction to one of the world's greatest military leaders. From the best selling BRITISH LIVES series, this book has over 20 color plates, maps, illustrations, and over 40 black and white images.

The English Civil War, fought between 1642 and 1646, occurred during one of the most turbulent but important periods in British history.

Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658) was the leading political figure of this period. A religious visionary and moral reformer, Cromwell believed that the Lord had not only chosen him for a special mission but had also handed him the military success and political power to fulfill that divine task. He became a dazzlingly successful soldier and politician, a man who possessed the power and influence to shape the course of revolution and reform. A military genius, he played a crucial role both in crushing the monarchy in England and Wales and in establishing English republican control over Ireland and Scotland. He rose to be head of the army and eventually head of state of a united Britain as Lord Protector.

This illustrated biography provides a concise and accessible introduction to Cromwell's life and career. The text draws upon extensive and up-to-date research as well as contemporary speeches and letters, both personal and political, giving an insight into the hopes and fears, goals and aspirations of the man behind one of the most critical periods of British history.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the life and influence of Oliver Cromwell, who lead the parliamentary cause during the English Civil War and served as the Lord Proctor of Britain.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780814731642
0814731643
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm

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Feb 28, 2019

For the sort of book that it is, its an excellent book (though overall I would give it two and half stars). The man's difficulties, success and developments in mid-life (in his early forties), and his continued rise until his death are all clearly explained and narrated. The controversies of the historians' interpretations are all given their due. Aspects of his military innovations (the New Model Army) and his excellence as a commander are not given much explication.

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