Cromwell and the Historians
FEW CHARACTERS in British history are better known than Oliver Cromwell; and the verdict of the ordinary man today is not far different from that of most of the writers who have chosen their evidence and pronounced their judgments over the last three centuries. It is not true that Cromwell was universally reviled until Carlyle made a hero of him, nor that after this he was unanimously saluted as a founder of liberalism and nonconformity. The tendency of most of the many preconceptions from which the subject is approached is to end in a rather insipid mixture of approval and condemnation.
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Plain Cloth Religious Zeal Funeral Ceremony Guilty Conscience
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