Cromwell

Cromwell

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by Antonia Fraser
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Kirkus Reviews
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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