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God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the…

God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution (1970)

by Christopher Hill

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'God is decreeing to begin some new and great period... What does he then but reveal himself... as his manner is, first to his Englishmen?'
John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)
'We are English, that is one good fact.'
Oliver Cromwell to Parliament, 17 September 1656
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In 1958 I wrote a pamphlet for the Historical Association, to celebrate the tercentenary of Oliver Cromwell's death.
Oliver Cromwell lived from 1599 to 1658. During the first forty years of his life a tangled knot of problems was forming which was only to be unravelled, or cut through, in the revolutionary decades 1640-60.
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A biography of Oliver Cromwell, breaking down Cromwell's life into different parts: fenland farmer and humble backbencher; stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army; key figure of the Commonwealth; and, finally Lord Protector. It leads the reader through Cromwell's life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end.… (more)

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