The Correspondence of Henry Cromwell, 1655-1659: British Library Lansdowne Manuscripts

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This volume of Henry Cromwell's correspondence contains full and annotated transcripts of most of the 536 items in the collection held by the British Library. The majority of the letters sent to Henry Cromwell during the period between the summer of 1655 to spring 1659 when he governed Ireland for the Lord Protector, his father Oliver Cromwell, and his elder brother, Richard Cromwell. These letters shed fresh light not only on Henry Cromwell's Irish administration and the state of Ireland at this time, but via the letters sent to Henry by his London-based correspondents, reveal political developments in England, the workings of the Protectoral central regime and the relationship between the Lord Protector, his Council and parliament. A substantial introductory chapter outlines the life and career of Henry Cromwell, explores his handling of Ireland and highlights the principal and varied Irish and English issues covered within this correspondence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521896047
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2008
  • Series: Camden Fifth Series, #31
  • Pages: 558
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gaunt is currently Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Chester. Previous academic posts have been held held at the universities of Wales and London and at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Professor Gaunt is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Chairman of The Cromwell Association and has contributed to a range of TV and radio programmes on aspects of Cromwellian and civil war history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction Peter Gaunt; Editorial approach and techniques; The Correspondence of Henry Cromwell; 1654; 1655; 1656; 1657; 1658; 1659; Undated Letters that cannot reliably be assigned a narrow date; Other miscellaneous items; Index.

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