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”Gaunt introduces Oliver Cromwell by recounting the strong opinions still held about him, especially in Ireland, which Cromwell ruthlessly subjugated.”
”This biography is an excellent way to introduce readers to this dynamic personality who came to dominate the British Isles in the 17th century, rising from fairly humble beginnings to do so.”
-School Library Journal
”Gaunt is an engaging writer who takes the reader through Cromwell's life, campaigns, and Protectorate. Readers learn the basics about Cromwell and more. There are few extant records about Cromwell, and historians hotly debate many of the earlier works written about him. This ‘Cromwell Lite’ demythologizes much of that literature and sets the record straight.”
List of Maps.
Part I: Introduction:.
1. The Man and the Myth.
Pert II: The Life and Career:.
2. Early Life, 1599-1642.
3. The First Civil War, 1642-46.
4. Politics and the Army, 1646-49.
5. Enemies and Divisions, 1649-53.
6. Head of State , 1653-58.
Part III: Conclusions:.
7. The Faces of Cromwell.
Posted February 23, 2005
'The king is dead...long live the Lord Protector!'. Words to be heard in the 1650's English Revolution. The only man to be not of royal blood to lead England is detailed here by Gaunt. It is an absorbing walk through a fascinating period in history by an author clearly in love with his subject. The reader will find bewildrering where a man like Cromwell came from to wind up as the only non-royal leader in England since the collapse of the Roman Empire. Cromwell's story remains as perplexing and mysterious as Hitler's rise to power in the twentieth century.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2005
The Oliver Cromwell in Peter Gaunt's book is fascinating and riveting all at once. This book made for an easy read. One is kept interested in the seemingly ordinary origin of the only non blue blood to rule England since the collapse of the Roman Empire. It could have led to a good thing: too bad his son was an idiot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.