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Oliver Cromwell : God's Warrior and the English Revolution - Ian Gentles

Oliver Cromwell

God's Warrior and the English Revolution

Hardcover Published: 8th June 2011
ISBN: 9780333688960
Number Of Pages: 256

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The first new biography of Oliver Cromwell in several years, this rounded account does equal justice to his public and private life, to his political career, his military abilities and his passionate religiosity.

Ian Gentles synthesizes much recent research including Cromwell's activity as a lay preacher, his patronage of the arts and his promotion of horsebreeding. Gentles also provides fresh findings on Cromwell's pay as a soldier, his personal enrichment as general and lord protector, his little-known erotic side, and his astonishing generosity in the cause of international Protestantism. At the same time, this approachable study provides a new assessment of Cromwell's genius as a soldier and sheds light on the suspenseful drama surrounding parliament's offer of the crown in 1657.

Ideal for students and general readers alike, this is an essential and stimulating introduction to all aspects of the life of a key figure in British history.

'The author's expertise in military history gives a distinctive flavour to the book...and strikes a balance between recent biographies.' -Mike Braddick, TLS

List of Maps and Figurep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Forewordp. xv
The Unknown Oliverp. 1
Ancestry and Family Connectionp. 1
The Godly Circle at St Ivesp. 5
Health and Physical Appearancep. 6
Fen Drainagep. 7
The Ely Years and the Election of 1640p. 8
Parliamentary Extremistp. 10
MP for Huntingdon (1628) and Cambridge (1640)p. 10
A Plain Cloth Suit: The Long Parliamentp. 10
Politics and Religionp. 13
Ireland on Firep. 16
Thunderclouds of Warp. 18
Conclusionp. 20
Apprenticeship to Warp. 22
Minor Scuffles: Norwich, Crowland, Grantham, Burley House and Gainsboroughp. 96
Staring Defeat in the Facep. 28
linceby to Yorkp. 29
iarston Moorp. 32
The Army New Modelledp. 37
The Second Battle of Newbury (27 October 1644)p. 38
Oliver's Quarrel with the Earlsp. 39
Self-Denying and New-Modelling: Sir Thomas Fairfax's Armyp. 40
Nasebyp. 43
Langport and the Westp. 48
War by Other Means, 1646-8p. 52
The Slough of Despondp. 52
Arresting the King and Invading Londonp. 54
Putney: The Debate on England's Futurep. 57
Rendezvous and Mutiny at Warep. 61
Reconciliationp. 63
Rumours of Warp. 64
Revolution, Regicide, Republicp. 65
The War of the Engagement (1648)p. 65
The Battle of Prestonp. 68
Revolutionp. 72
The Trial of Charles Ip. 80
Republicp. 83
Twice-Born Oliverp. 85
Conversionp. 86
Providencep. 91
An Elect Nationp. 93
Anti-Catholicismp. 94
Pfanitive Providencep. 95
Providential Pragmatismp. 97
Reformation of Mannersp. 99
Reformation of the Churchp. 100
Conclusionp. 102
Crushing the Levellers and Conquering Ireland:The Republic Year Onep. 104
The Leveller Mutiniesp. 105
Preparing for Ireland: Finance and Logisticsp. 108
Contentsp. ix
Rathminesp. 110
Droghedap. 111
Waterfordp. 115
Kilkenny and Clonmelp. 117
The Cromwellian Legacyp. 119
Dunbar to Worcester: The Crowning Mercyp. 121
The Battle of Dunbap. 123
The Battle of Worcesterp. 127
Cromwell the Soldierp. 130
A Greedy Puritan? Oliver Cromwell and Moneyp. 135
Payp. 135
Land and Honoursp. 137
Financial Self-Denialp. 138
Marriagesp. 139
Our Chief of Menp. 144
The Aftermath of Worcesterp. 144
The Expulsion of the Rump Parliamentp. 148
Barebone's Parliamentp. 151
The Instrument of Governmentp. 156
King in All but Name? Lord Protector 1654-8p. 160
Rule by Protector and Councilp. 160
The First Protectoral Parliament, September 1654-January1655p. 161
Swordsmen and Decirnators: The Reign of the Major-Generalsp. 163
The Second Protectoral Parliament, September 1656-February 1658p. 165
'Your great enemy is the Spaniard': Cromwellian Foreign Policyp. 166
Law Reformp. 170
Religionp. 171
A Second Written Constitution: The Humble Petition and Advicep. 173
Horse Breeder and Patron of the Arts? Poetry,tPainting, Performance and Political Thought under the Protectoratep. 178
Outdoor Recreations: Falconry, Hunting, Ridingp. 178
Musicp. 180
Sculpture, Furniture, Tapestries and Paintingsp. 182
Science and Educationp. 183
Political Thoughtp. 183
Poets and Poetryp. 185
Conclusion: Oliver's Plain Stylep. 189
Quietus: Death, Funeral, Legacyp. 192
Aftermathp. 198
Conclusionp. 201
Notesp. 203
Further Beadingp. 238
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780333688960
ISBN-10: 0333688961
Series: British History in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 8th June 2011
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1