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The Fall of Cromwell’s Republic and the Return of the King (Hardback)

From Commonwealth to Stuart Monarchy, 1657-1670

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 17th Century P&S History > Royal History

By Dr Timothy Venning
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 8 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526789396
Published: 3rd February 2023



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This book completes the series of studies of the 'British Revolution of the Three Kingdoms of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland ' and covers the period from the fall of the 'failed state' and Protectorate in 1657 to the restoration of the Stuart monarchy and Charles II in 1660, examines the Restoration settlement in depth and a high point in Stuart pro-French and Catholic policy - contrary to the 1660 Restoration understanding when Charles !! vowed reluctance 'go on {his} travels again' and follows the Stuart Restoration and pro-French - and pro-Catholic foreign policy to 1670. Cromwell's death had signalled the end of an overarching figure who held the failing state together and began England's nascent 'great power' foreign and 'colonial' policy. It covers Richard Cromwell's emergence and as a figure far from the 'Tumbledown Dick' of popular legend. Also, the remarkable role of General George Monck as the genial military man guiding the failing and chaotic state to Restoration and stability. Monck underpinned the gentry and merchant class as the root of state and society which outlived civil wars, military dictatorship, political chaos and Stuart monarchical rule.

'The Fall of Cromwell' outlines the various factions including Royalists, religious groups, and military leadership that helped facilitate the end of efforts to craft a republic. The book closes with the restoration of the monarch despite the growing backlash against Royalists. According to Venning, the Restoration brought relief to a population that was tired of the prolonged political instability. He also documents the retaliation and favors that were doled out by the restored monarchy and how Charles II’s advisors tried to stabilize the shaky government.
The Fall of Cromwell is a concise study of an important moment in time in British history. It seems particularly relevant to those who are interested in the American Founding.

Nathan's Papers

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in English history and the politics that govern this land. A good page turner with many interesting facts.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Dr Timothy Venning has thoroughly produced a thoroughly researched book, which is excellent for students studying the period... Overall, the content is excellent and it is a very well-researched book.

NetGalley, Morgan Ditchburn

The Fall of Cromwell is a nice, concise study of an important moment in time in British history. It seems particularly relevant to those who are interested in the American Founding.

NetGalley, Lynn White

As someone with an interest in the New Model Army as well as the Civil War period itself, as "Black Tom" Fairfax lived in Denton which is on the outskirts of my home town, I found this book to be a very sold examination of the time period.

NetGalley, Louise Auty

Firmly in the category of academic history, this book still manages to maintain a good rhythm without getting bogged down in minute details. Short but informative, it tackles two of the most prominent figures of 17th century English history. Each has had numerous books about them, so this book is a good sampler or primer before diving in further.

NetGalley, Spencer Wright
Dr Timothy Venning

About Dr Timothy Venning

Timothy Venning obtained his BA, followed by PhD at King's College, University of London, on Cromwell's Foreign Policy and is a gifted historian, deep and critical researcher and attractive writer, with wide range of historical interests. He can slip easily and effectually into early history, the middle ages and to the early modern period with the academic rigour, accessibility, and with both non-specialists, students and academic reference in mind. Publications: Dictionary if National Biography contributions (OUP 1996-2001); Cromwellian Foreign Policy (Palgrave 1995); A Compendium of British Office-Holders Palgrave 2005); A Chronology of the Byzantine Empire (Palgrave 2006); A Chronology of the Roman Empire (Continuum 2010); A Chronology of the Crusades (Routledge 2015); A Chronology of Early Medieval Britain and Europe, AD 450-1066 (Routledge 2017); Anglo-Saxon Kings and Queens; The Kings and Queens of Wales; The Kings and Queens of Scotland; Lords of the Isles; Kingmakers: Lords of the Welsh Marches (Amberley 2011-2016); If Rome Had Survived (Pen and Sword 2010); Alternative History of Britain: The Anglo-Saxon Age; The Hundred Years War; Normans and Plantgenets; The Tudors; The English Civil War; (all Pen and Sword 2013-2014); plus e-books and currently with Pen and Sword: Cromwell's Failed and the Monarchy; The Fall of the British Republic and Return of the King: From Cromwell's Commonwealth to Stuart Monarchy, 1657-1670; The King Arthur Mysteries: Arthur's Britain and Early Medieval World; The Anglo-Saxons and Early Britain; Royal Mysteries of the Medieval Period; Royal Mysteries of the Tudor Period.

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