The Cromwellian Protectorate (New Frontiers) Hardcover – 10 Oct 2002
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"Based on the impressive scholarship of an author who possesses a deep knowledge of his subject, this work will prove invaluable for all students following courses on mid-17th century Britain." --Chris Durston, St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill
About the Author
Barry Coward is Reader in History at Birkbeck College, University of London
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This book, I feel, is Coward's best as he actually makes this period come alive with fascinating comments and interesting asides. For students studying this period for A Level, I would have no hesitation in recommending this book as an essential read for your course.
It is interesting to note that many records of Cromwell and his council have not survived. Were they destroyed as part of the myth of dictator Oliver?
Godly reformation as Cromwell desired failed because different church factions were too busy fighting one another rather than accomplishing their real calling of evangelism. When hearts were not changed, reformation could not continue. It could not be imposed, top downwards particularly when it involved the reactionary Puritan abolition of the church calendar and other unpopular measures.
Cromwell's good record of improving foreign relations is examined and also the punitive treatment of the Irish in contrast with the kinder treatment of the Scots.
The Protectorate failed because no able successor to Cromwell could be found. England was not ready for a republic.
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