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Cromwell and Lambert, 1653–57

  • George D. HeathIII
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THE GENERALITY of mankind is so likely to be dazzled by the glamorous and pompous ceremonies which surround those who are invested with the outward insignia of political power that sometimes even the most astute observers are deceived into mistaking the shadow of power for its substance. Because Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector of England received ambassadors, opened parliaments, and lived in royal palaces, many contemporary observers—and indeed many subsequent historians—have been inclined to ignore or to minimize the vast power wielded by Major General John Lambert. The great Victorian historian S. R. Gardiner was the first to begin the correction of this distorted view, but even Gardiner failed to emphasize sufficiently the importance of Lambert’s vast influence during the years 1653–57.


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