First published in 1901 and reprinted from the New Impression of 1909. Gardiner was a highly respected 19th century historian who specialized in 17th century studies. It is possible he was drawn to the period as he was himself a descendant of Oliver Cromwell but his judgements are unbiased and his research meticulous.
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About the Author
Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1829 - 1902) was an English historian, who focused on 17th-century English history. He is the foremost historian of the Puritan revolution and the English Civil War. The son of Rawson Boddam Gardiner was born near Hampshire and educated at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford. He obtained a first class in Literae Humaniores. He was professor of modern history at King's College London, and devoted his life to the subject. He died aged 72.