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Oliver Cromwell [Hardcover]

C. V. Wedgwood
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; 2nd edition (Jun 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715606565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715606568
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Look inside before you buy 8 Nov 2012
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Nothing wrong with the product but it's written in the form of a play rather than a factual book. If I wanted to stage a play about Ollie, this would be grand but I wanted to read a factual account about him. Not sure if I will keep it on Kindle as yet, as I might have a go reading it but it's harder work than normal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Concise, Quick View 14 April 2008
Amazingly the publishing history of this little biography of Cromwell goes all the way back to 1939 - when the first Duckworth edition appeared. It thus predates both the work of Christopher Hill and Antonia Fraser, as well as the many more recent cogitations on the New Model Army and of the Cromwell Association. It was revised in the early 70s when a four page postscript and some updated bibliographical notes were added.

Nevertheless this volume has an excellent pedigree, having been penned by CV Wedgewood, arguably 'the' political Civil War historian of the mid twentieth century. Her best known works included the two part history of the wars and England from 1637 onward, 'King's Peace' and 'King's War', and a book on the trial of King Charles. She also corresponded with Brigadier Peter Young - who influenced many of her ideas on the military sphere.

The virtue of this little book is as a relatively simple potted history of the often complicated life and times of Cromwell. Though much has since been written it remains both useful and digestible. Particularly recommended for exam candidates who need to mug up in a hurry; readers with short attention spans who cannot face the great 'doorstep' biographies; and anybody keen to see how Wedgwood's thought developed from as long ago as the pre World War II period.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars oliver cromwell 18 Feb 2009
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i bought this book for my husband but he has found it quite hard reading because it was written a very long time ago, which I did not realise when i bought it for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug 2014
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EXCELLENT ITEM,fast delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not objective, but very fun 10 Nov 2008
By J. Summerlin - Published on Amazon.com
Roosevelt seeks to prove that Cromwell's rise to power was the first modern struggle for religious, political, and social freedom. First, Roosevelt explores the actions of the Stuart kings and how those actions became more and more tyrannical and incompetent. Next, Roosevelt examines the Long Parliament and how Charles I's despotism forced the Members of Parliament to revolt. Roosevelt then studies how Cromwell came to the decision to have Charles executed after the second Civil War. Finally, the author looks at Cromwell's performance as a soldier and leader in the Scotch and Irish campaigns, particularly how he dealt with religious differences in his army. Roosevelt clearly supports Cromwell's actions up to the point of the Commonwealth. But Roosevelt makes his reservations with Cromwell's actions as Lord Protector clear: while Cromwell had good intentions, his manner of enforcing them and his unwillingness to compromise in politics were the causes behind the failure of greater religious, political, and social freedom in England.
Roosevelt writes with a passion and wit unseen in many current histories. As a non-professional historian, he is unrestrained by notions of objectivity, and he heaps scorn and insults upon the Stuart kings in a comical manner. Roosevelt obviously admires Cromwell, finding an excuse for almost all of Cromwell's actions, with the exception of Cromwell's actions as Lord Protector. That Roosevelt writes for an American audience is shown by his frequent mention of the American Revolution and Civil War as examples and comparisons. He contrasts Cromwell with Washington several times, although Cromwell did not quite match the character and abilities of Washington. Roosevelt's style is sometimes complicated, but his enthusiasm for his subject and his frequent forays into name-calling make for a highly entertaining biography. There are no citations of any kind, but there is an extremely detailed index.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but Not Great 10 Feb 2013
By David W. Denny - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating period of English history which greatly influenced development of England as a world power. However, the narrative doen't flow well and I found it difficult to follow the "story" of events. A difficult and non-satisfying read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 17 Jun 2013
By The Mate - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't quite get into it. It was free and part of the great books Amazon has available for Kindle owners.
2.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Cromwell in 19th century proes 7 May 2013
By G. Shovar - Published on Amazon.com
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This was written in the late 19th century, and it shows. I like history texts to tell me who did what to whom. This does a very poor job of doing this. Victorian writing is, frankly boring and a real drag. Adkins books on WWII are examples of what I expect, very readable and Roocevelt's book most certainly is not
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Cromwell [ Illustrated ] 9 Jan 2013
By richard bridburg - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful surprise this book that I happened upon was! Roosevelt takes us into seventeenth century England. He describes the state of political and religious affairs there and constantly makes things understandable by making comparisons to American history. He views Cromwell from every aspect and what he has to contend with. Struggles around early democratic thinking and religious liberty, what to do with a weak duplicitous King, how to deal with extremists, the vast majority wishing liberty for their own religion only. He describes his great generalship as well as his massive cruelty especially in Ireland. He looks at a people conditioned to obeying an absolute monarchy for centuries and in the end he becomes Lord Protector with absolute powers but he also lays the foundation for a democratic parliament and for real religious liberty which was brought to fruition much later.
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