Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658) overthrew the English monarchy and turned the nation into a short-lived Commonwealth. The author, who also wrote John Marmaduke, a novel of the invasion of Ireland, brings alive the still-controversial personal history of Cromwell and vividly recreates the man’s political, religious, and military times. Church’s biography is unique, in that it treats Cromwell’s ruthlessness in Ireland with leniency.
About the Author
Samuel Harden Church (1858–1943) grew up in Pittsburgh, and began his career as a stockboy with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company—eventually becoming vice president of the western lines. A trustee of the Carnegie Institute, his writings include A Short History of Pittsburgh, The American Verdict on the War, Penruddock of the White Lambs, and his famous Beowulf: A Poem—a modernization of the epic.