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Oliver Cromwell: British Library Historic Lives Hardcover – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: British Library Historic Lives
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division; 1st edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712348573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712348577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clearly written, well organized and suffused with human interest, this new study will prove deservedly popular in sixth forms and university courses." "History" "This book is as disciplined, vivid and vigorous as the man it celebrates. Gaunt offers a convincing interpretation of Cromwell's life and a shrewd assessment of his achievement." "John Morrill, Vice Master and Reader in Early Modern History, Selwyn College, Cambridge" "A carefully written and well argued account." "The Times" "A new and controversial account of one of the pivotal figures in British history. This scholarly account is nonetheless interesting and informative."" Rachel Dickinson, Waterstone's, Richmond, in The Bookseller" "A concise but thick-textured and comprehensive reconsideration of a character, a career, a life and a reputation, making no claim to be definitive - each generation commands its own reappraisal - but ensured of an enduring place in the historiography." "Ivan Roots, C

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This book re-examines Cromwell's life and career. It opens with an assessment of the man and myth, exploring the legends which surround Cromwell, the differing interpretations advanced by generations of historians and the source material upon which such interpretations can be based. The book then provides an extensive, chronologically based examination of Cromwell's life and career, highlighting key events and turning points. It closes with thematic assessments of some key aspects of Cromwell, including his character and appearance, his political outlook and his religious beliefs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Very heavy chronological review with no assessment, opinion or background. Assumes you know everything about the English Revolution but need a chronological reference book.
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By eturner on January 23, 2015
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I needed to read this to understand the Commonwealth and Cromwell's rule. The book does not glamorize him, nor does it make him out to be a religious nut. Cromwell is handled fairly and the context of his life is made clear. While not always attractive, he was consistent to his beliefs. Unusual for a politician...
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
It appears the book was written by a Cromwell apologist, in the worst sense. I'd recommend finding a more critically written analysis of Cromwell's life.
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