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Oliver Cromwell Kindle Edition

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John Drinkwater (1 June 1882 – 25 March 1937) was an English poet and dramatist. Drinkwater was born in Leytonstone, London, and worked as an insurance clerk. In the period immediately before the First World War he was one of the group of poets associated with the Gloucestershire village of Dymock, along with Rupert Brooke and others. In 1918 he had his first major success with his play Abraham Lincoln. He followed it with others in a similar vein, including Mary Stuart and Oliver Cromwell. In 1924, his Lincoln play was adapted for a two-reel short film made by Lee DeForest and J. Searle Dawley featuring Frank McGlynn Sr. as Lincoln, and made in DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process.[1] He had published poetry since The Death of Leander in 1906; the first volume of his Collected Poems was published in 1923. He also compiled anthologies and wrote literary criticism (e.g. Swinburne: an estimate (1913)), and later became manager of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He was married to Daisy Kennedy, the ex-wife of Benno Moiseiwitsch. Drinkwater died in London in 1937. He is buried at Piddington, Oxfordshire, where he had spent summer holidays as a child.

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  • File Size: 147 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJNJP0
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Summerlin on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Roosevelt seeks to prove that Cromwell's rise to power was the first modern struggle for religious, political, and social freedom. First, Roosevelt explores the actions of the Stuart kings and how those actions became more and more tyrannical and incompetent. Next, Roosevelt examines the Long Parliament and how Charles I's despotism forced the Members of Parliament to revolt. Roosevelt then studies how Cromwell came to the decision to have Charles executed after the second Civil War. Finally, the author looks at Cromwell's performance as a soldier and leader in the Scotch and Irish campaigns, particularly how he dealt with religious differences in his army. Roosevelt clearly supports Cromwell's actions up to the point of the Commonwealth. But Roosevelt makes his reservations with Cromwell's actions as Lord Protector clear: while Cromwell had good intentions, his manner of enforcing them and his unwillingness to compromise in politics were the causes behind the failure of greater religious, political, and social freedom in England.
Roosevelt writes with a passion and wit unseen in many current histories. As a non-professional historian, he is unrestrained by notions of objectivity, and he heaps scorn and insults upon the Stuart kings in a comical manner. Roosevelt obviously admires Cromwell, finding an excuse for almost all of Cromwell's actions, with the exception of Cromwell's actions as Lord Protector. That Roosevelt writes for an American audience is shown by his frequent mention of the American Revolution and Civil War as examples and comparisons. He contrasts Cromwell with Washington several times, although Cromwell did not quite match the character and abilities of Washington. Roosevelt's style is sometimes complicated, but his enthusiasm for his subject and his frequent forays into name-calling make for a highly entertaining biography. There are no citations of any kind, but there is an extremely detailed index.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David W. Denny on February 10, 2013
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This is a fascinating period of English history which greatly influenced development of England as a world power. However, the narrative doen't flow well and I found it difficult to follow the "story" of events. A difficult and non-satisfying read.
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It is a play, it is short and a quick read. I was expecting a book, but who can complain when it is free. Not a whole lot of information, but a little insightful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By richard bridburg on January 9, 2013
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What a wonderful surprise this book that I happened upon was! Roosevelt takes us into seventeenth century England. He describes the state of political and religious affairs there and constantly makes things understandable by making comparisons to American history. He views Cromwell from every aspect and what he has to contend with. Struggles around early democratic thinking and religious liberty, what to do with a weak duplicitous King, how to deal with extremists, the vast majority wishing liberty for their own religion only. He describes his great generalship as well as his massive cruelty especially in Ireland. He looks at a people conditioned to obeying an absolute monarchy for centuries and in the end he becomes Lord Protector with absolute powers but he also lays the foundation for a democratic parliament and for real religious liberty which was brought to fruition much later.
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By Amazon Customer on November 11, 2014
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too detailed, too hard to read - more info than I wanted - OK for professional historians - but made me wish i hadn't asked.
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