Cromwell

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In Cromwell, award-winning biographer Antonia Fraser tells of one of England's most celebrated and controversial figures, often misunderstood and demonized as a puritanical zealot. Oliver Cromwell rose from humble beginnings to spearhead the rebellion against King Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649, and led his soldiers into the last battle against the Royalists and King Charles II at Worcester, ending the civil war in 1651. Fraser shows how England's prestige and prosperity grew under Cromwell, reversing the ...
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In Cromwell, award-winning biographer Antonia Fraser tells of one of England's most celebrated and controversial figures, often misunderstood and demonized as a puritanical zealot. Oliver Cromwell rose from humble beginnings to spearhead the rebellion against King Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649, and led his soldiers into the last battle against the Royalists and King Charles II at Worcester, ending the civil war in 1651. Fraser shows how England's prestige and prosperity grew under Cromwell, reversing the decline it had suffered since Queen Elizabeth I's death.
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The popular biographer, best known for her portraits of British royalty, turns her sympathetic eye to the Puritan rebel Oliver Cromwell, another worthy subject in the Great Lives series from Grove. Kirkus (Sept. 15, 1973, p. 1069) noted that Fraser was determined to humanize the righteous and arrogant Lord Protector, presenting him as "a fallible, paradoxical and essentially melancholic figure." But, still, she didn't downplay his cruelties: his joy at the execution of King Charles, and his vendetta against the Irish. Fraser, we contended, made Cromwell out "to be a kinder, more patient and conciliatory man than one had hitherto suspected . . . a man rooted in the English countryside." Her evocation of this period's religious and political complexity exceeds even that of some scholars: "a majestic work."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394470344
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1973
  • Pages: 774

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Tough Read but Interesting

    As second generation Irish, I grew up hating Oliver Cromwell without knowing why. I now know why. This is a tough read, especially if you are unfamiliar with the English Civil War. But still, it is a great story of a brilliant and dedicated general, who could not govern the country. Fraser, as always, filled his story with great research and details which fleshed out this enigmatic man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Vatican owned America needs a real hero like Cromwell

    Americans have no idea that the Vatican owns them. They have no clue that the Revolution War was "our" last War. We have done the Popes bidding ever since. We exist to pay him taxes and fight his wars. We are also his biggest threat, if we learn the truth. The poison cup and pistol packing limo drivers have eliminated our potential heroes. We can borrow Oliver Cromwell. He fought for all Bible beleiving peoples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Ponderous

    The author attempts to tidy up the Lord Protector's reputation - an impossible task.

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