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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571218466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571218462
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compelling insight into one of the most controversial figures in Anglo-Irish history

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Micheál Ó Siochrú is a native of Dublin, lectures in history at Trinity College, Dublin and has written extensively on seventeenth-century Ireland. His publications include Confederate Ireland 1642-1649: A constitutional and political analysis (Dublin, 1999) and Kingdoms in crisis: Ireland in the 1640s (Dublin, 2001).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David McIntyre on 29 July 2010
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This book left me wanting to learn more about this era,however it is not about cromwell instead it tells of the irish royalist high command in a clear easy to read way,brave,underfunded,divided, apart from courage unable to meet a fighting machine like the new model army on a level footing.Cromwell is given fair treatment and at the same time the brutal side of war is not brushed over. reccomended by this interested layman.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Buck on 30 Dec 2010
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The cover of the book is misleading in that there is not very much about Cromwell apart from his bloody suppression of Drogheda. However, it does cover the complicated relationships in Irish history in the 1640s and 1650s, and it does put in context the almost visceral hatred that the Irish have of Cromwell. What O'Siochru does evidence is that there were brutalities committed by all sides (confederate, royalist and parliamentarian) and both religions (Catholic and Protestant), and that thousands of soldiers fought for many sides as the battles and wars ebbed and flowed - as well as fighting for some of the European armies in their wars too. Many ended up fighting what was essentially guerrilla warfare in the 1650s.
The book is well-written and relatively easy to follow, with a number of useful maps. There are thirty pages of notes and twenty pages of bibliography for anyone who wishes to investigate more deeply.
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Well researched and academically referenced yet not too 'heavy' for the non academics with an interest in Irish history. I really enjoyed it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 17 Jan 2012
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Ó Siochrú's goal was to shed new light on Cromwell while avoiding the two extremes of glorifying the man as many have done, or condemning him to the depths of hell as a monster. Indeed, in his closing remarks Ó Siochrú notes, `Cromwell was no monster, but he did commit monstrous acts.' (p. 250). While the reader can certainly tell where his sympathies lie, Ó Siochrú maintains a more academic approach to Cromwell rather than an extremist one. This is not to say that Ó Siochrú is completely without bias. While he does not explicitly outline his own personal stance, he does not hide it either. Also, to observe the writing style of God's executioner as being more story than textbook is not to claim that Ó Siochrú wrote an un-academic work of history. On the contrary, God's executioner is arranged in a much more approachable manner than the majority of historical texts while still maintaining the level of historical professionalism that is expected. Ó Siochrú fluidly moves through the chapter subjects and the sources he utilizes are all contemporary writers of Cromwell and well placed to enhance his points and justify his own claims. All in all, God's executioner proves to be a well written history of Oliver Cromwell and his involvement in Ireland. It is certainly a must have for anyone who studies early modern Ireland or are interested in the subject.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 April 2013
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Not impartially reported or written. Fails to explain in depth the reasons Cromwell done what he done.Am trying to find another author to balance the argument.I had the feeling the author just hated Cromwell.As an Northern Irish man I know there was much more to Cromwell and this work failed to address that side of the issue.
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