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Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell (Paperback)

A Historical Guide to the Civil War

British History English Civil War P&S History Social History

By James Hobson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Following in the Footsteps
Pages: 151
ISBN: 9781526734839
Published: 3rd July 2019


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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.

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Lancashire 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 Recommended

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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.

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About James Hobson

James Hobson studied history at St Catharine’s College Cambridge, with the English Civil War as his specialist subject in the final year. He taught History for twenty- five years in British comprehensive schools and is most interested in British History 1600 to 1840. He has written two other books for Pen and Sword, including and Dark Days of Georgian Britain and The English Civil War: Fact and Fiction and runs a successful blog on the seventeenth-century Oliver and Charles.

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