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4.0 out of 5 stars A good concise study of Cromwell's life, 11 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Oliver Cromwell (Very Interesting People) (Paperback)
There are few figures in English history as controversial as Oliver Cromwell. Born a member of the lower English gentry, he embraced Puritanism as a young man and won election to the "Long Parliament" in 1640. During the English Civil War he distinguished himself in military commands, and steadily rose to become second-in-command of the Parliamentary forces by the end of the conflict. Successful campaigns in Scotland and Ireland propelled him to the leadership of the English Republic. Though he refused the crown, he governed as Lord Protector until his death in 1658 created a vacuum that led to the restoration of the Stuart dynasty two years later.

Though Cromwell has been the subject of numerous biographies, John Morrill's book offers a concise assessment of Cromwell's life and legacy. Taken from the entry Morrill wrote on Cromwell for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: In Association with the British Academy. From the Earliest Times to the Year 2000, it offers a good introduction to Cromwell's life by a leading scholar of the period. His section on Cromwell's ever-evolving reputation is particularly enlightening, offering his learned assessment of the many works on the Lord Protector. These qualities make this book a good starting point for anyone curious about Cromwell, as well as an excellent guide for further study of the man and his times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short book, 15 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Oliver Cromwell (Very Interesting People) (Paperback)
While it is short it contains a great deal of information. Need to do more research but seems that we don't know what really motivated Oliver.
I feel this is a good introduction to him and the period.
But if you are looking for a more detailed book it may be worth looking at some of the alternatives.
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