Oliver Cromwell Further Reading

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(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Ashley, Maurice. "Cromwell and the Coming of Civil War." In The Greatness of Oliver Cromwell, pp. 76-91. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1957.

Charts Cromwell's early days in Parliament, the conflicts between Charles I and Parliament, and Cromwell's actions against what were regarded as Charles I's excesses.

——. "Cromwell the Avenger: The Second Civil War and the Execution of King Charles I." In The Greatness of Oliver Cromwell, pp. 196-214. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1957.

Focuses on Charles I's determination to win back the English throne, the renewal of fighting as a result, and Cromwell's difficult decision to have the king executed.

——. "Revolutionary Times." In Charles I and Oliver Cromwell: A Study in Contrasts and Comparisons, pp. 190-202. London: Methuen, 1987.

Describes Cromwell as "the agent of a lasting revolution" in English politics, and Charles I as its "obstinate … victim."

Baxter, Richard. "To Promote the Interest of God." In Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan Revolt: Failure of a Man or a Faith?, edited with an introduction by Richard E. Boyer, pp. 20-25. Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath and Company, 1966.

Contemporary account of Cromwell's character, his death, and the Restoration of the monarchy.

Carlyle, Thomas. "Death of the Protector." In Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches, with Elucidations by Thomas Carlyle, pp. 321-25. New York: William H. Colyer, 1846.

Eulogizes Cromwell's heroism, remarks on his failings, and comments upon his profound influence.

Fraser, Antonia. "All Things Become New." In Cromwell: The Lord Protector, pp. 299-325. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974.

Analyzes the government of the English Commonwealth under Cromwell.

Heath, James. "Man of Blood." In Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan Revolt: Failure of a Man or a Faith?, edited with an introduction by Richard E. Boyer, pp. 10-14. Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath and Company, 1966.

Negative, contemporary portrayal of Cromwell by a staunch Royalist.

Hutchinson, Lucy. "A Scheme of Aggrandizement." In Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan Revolt: Failure of a Man or a Faith? , edited...

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