Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell (Paperback)
A Historical Guide to the Civil War
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As featured in the Lancashire Evening Post, August 2019: 'When Oliver Cromwell's Army Came to Preston – A new book looking at the life of Oliver Cromwell charts the Battle of Preston, as author James Hobson recalls.'
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Oliver Cromwell is one of the most important figures in British History. He was both soldier and politician and the only non-Royal ruler of Britain in a thousand years. His actions and ideas still have political and social consequences today, and his legacy still divides people. Love him or loathe him, Cromwell still matters. This book is a history of his life through the places in Britain and Ireland where he lived, visited, ruled or fought.
Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell begins in Huntingdon in 1599, with the respectable but unimportant Cromwell family living under the shadow of richer relatives. Civil War and Cromwell’s controversial successes at Marston Moor, Naseby, Basing House and Worcester transform him into the most powerful person in Britain, saving him from obscurity and moving him from a modest house in Ely to Hampton Court Palace. Cromwell is involved in the execution of King Charles I outside the Banqueting House, his own coronation in Westminster Hall, and bloody slaughter in Ireland. His death in 1658 does not end the controversy. His enemies take revenge on his corpse and the debate about his legacy begins.
A concise and information packed combination of biography and history, "Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell: A Historical Guide to the Civil War" will prove to be a welcome addition to community and academic library English History collections in general, and Oliver Cromwell supplemental studies reading lists in particular.Midwest Book Review
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Author article as featured byLancashire Evening Post (print & online)/Wigan Observer
Oliver Cromwell and Charles I are probably the best known characters of the English Civil War. The author has provided a very engaging account of the life and times of Oliver Cromwell, supported by illustration in a photo-plate section – Very Highly RecommendedFiretrench
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We have James Hobson following in the footsteps of a man whom history has treated somewhat unkindly, in my opinion. This is the man who laid the foundations for modern Britain, in terms of welfare, education, the army etc. This is a most excellent series, and James Hobson does Cromwell proud.Books Monthly
A good book that can't be missing in the libraries of history buffs, not only military but also political history.Old Barbed Wire Blog
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The story of the Princes in the Tower is well known: the grim but dramatic events of 1483, when the twelve-year-old Edward Plantagenet was taken into custody by his uncle, Richard of Gloucester, and imprisoned in the Tower of London along with his younger brother, have been told and re-told hundreds of times. The ways in which the events of that year unfolded remain shrouded in mystery, and the fate of the young princes forms an infamous backdrop to Richard III's reign and the end of the Wars of the Roses. Although little about the princes' lives is commonly known, Following in the Footsteps of…By Andrew Beattie
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