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Oliver Cromwell (Profiles in Power)
by Barry Coward
For all the countless studies that have been published about him, Oliver Cromwell remains a deeply puzzling and controversial figure. Many historical problems connected with his political career still await satisfactory explanation. In this book, an important addition to a series of growing impact, Barry Coward suggests answers to a number of these problems, using the weal ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Longman
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I must admit, this book is a little dry in tone. Still perfectly readable, but it managed to make huge constitutional upheaval seem curiously unexciting. I wanted to read about Cromwell because Robespierre was accused of being a 'new Cromwell' as soon as he fell, which made me wonder to what extent the charge was accurate. Also, I wanted to know more about the short period during which England was a republic. This book is more of an account of Cromwell himself than his regime, nonetheless I feel ...more
Found the book tedious reading and the author seems to assume one already knows the history of Cromwell and the civil war etc. What was notable is that it is Cromwell's history from his letters and speeches telling how he perceived things and why he did what he did.