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This ebook brings jointly 8 of the main influential fresh articles on Oliver Cromwell and the Interregnum. Brings jointly seminal articles on Oliver Cromwell and the Interregnum. Illuminates the character of Cromwell and his achievements. comprises remedies of eire and Scotland along dialogue of britain. Editorial fabric introduces scholars to the historiographical matters.

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Cromwell was exploring all kinds of ways of moving to a reckoning with Charles I, but had yet to satisfy himself of the natural justice of any of them. He then set off on campaign, and was too preoccupied with the hydra with its variety of cavalier and Presbyterian heads to formulate any immediate practical solution. But his letters leave us in no doubt that his mind was as full of Isaiah as it was of the sound of musket and cannon. 42 LSOC, I, pp. 289–91 and top p. 290. Peter Gaunt, Oliver Cromwell, p.

OLIVER CROMWELL, THE REGICIDE AND THE SONS OF ZERUIAH 35 We have no shred of evidence from Cromwell’s own lips or pen that he was keen to prevent the trial of the king, or that he doubted that the king deserved death, or that he believed he should remain on the throne. Indeed every piece of surviving strictly contemporary evidence – newspapers from across the spectrum, secret royalist intelligence reports, and German, French and Italian ambassadorial reports72 support the following claims about his behaviour in December 1648.

14 Four days later, on 29 April, the New Model produced its own response to the crisis. The General Council of the army met at Windsor Castle ‘to search out . . our iniquities, which, we were persuaded, had provoked the Lord against us’. The army leadership often turned to prayer to help restore unity and direction to its counsels. In the Putney debates of 1647 the New Model had sought, through a ‘prayer-meeting’, to recover the spirit and the purpose which had sustained it in battle, but which in the post-war peace had made way for ‘carnal’ and ‘fleshly strivings’.

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