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Oliver Cromwell: new perspectives

Oliver Cromwell: new perspectives

Little, Patrick, 1969-

This work integrates the latest research to provide a new evaluation and 'biography' of Cromwell. It challenges received wisdom about Cromwell's rise to power, his political and religious beliefs, his relationship with various communities across the British Isles and his role as Lord Protector

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: Patrick Little
ISBN: 0230574203, 0230574211, 9780230574205, 9780230574212
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 256 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Generals Great Britain Biography.; Cromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658.; Great Britain History Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660.; Cromwell, Oliver; Heads of state Great Britain Biography.; Great Britain History Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660.


  1. Introduction
  2. 1636: The Unmaking of Oliver Cromwell?; S.Healy
  3. 'One That Would Sit Well At the Mark: The Early Parliamentary Career of Oliver Cromwell; S.K.Roberts
  4. 'Lord of the Fens': Oliver Cromwell's Reputation and the First Civil War; S.L.Sadler
  5. 'A Despicable Contemptible Generation of Men'?: Cromwell and The Levellers; P.Baker
  6. Cromwell in Ireland Before 1649; P.Little
  7. Oliver Cromwell and the Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms; K.MacKenzie
  8. Oliver Cromwell (alias William) and Wales; L.Bowen
  9. The Lord Protector's Servants and Courtiers; A.Barclay
  10. John Thurloe and the Offer of the Crown to Cromwell; P.Little
  11. 'Fit for Public Services'; The Upbringing of Richard Cromwell; J.Peacey
  12. Index

Author note

PATRICK LITTLE is Senior Research Officer at the History of Parliament Trust, UK. His publications include Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland and (with David L. Smith) Parliament and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate.


'This is a collection of essays that are startlingly fresh in their judgements: it presents a whole series of challenges to the entrenched view of Cromwell as a man driven by religious zeal and little else.' - John Morrill FBA, Professor of British and Irish History, University of Cambridge


'This book...contains many useful insights into his [Cromwell's] character and how contemporaries saw him.' - Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research