Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I

The Cromwell family

Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658) There is a strongly held local belief and anecdotal evidence that he was in fact born in the market town of St.Ives in Huntingdonshire. Which is now part of Cambridgeshire

The East Anglian town of St.Ives, was a stronghold of the Cromwell family. There is a Blue Plaque, stating that Oliver was indeed born at his Uncle's home, Cromwell House which is in the centre of town.

There is a statue of Cromwell in the market square. It is one of only four statues of Cromwell in the whole of Britain.

The current house, stands on the site of the former, House of Austin Friars, founded circa 1285.

When comparing the characters of Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I. The thing that becomes apparent, is that both had what we would consider today, extreme belief systems.

Charles I was an Absolute Monarch. He believed that he had been born with a divine right, directly from God no less; to rule Britain.

Cromwell had an strong belief based on his Puritan upbringing, that he was on a quest to save Britain from a tyrannical king.

When Absolute Monarchy met Religious fundamentalism. It was a recipe for revolution. The effects of which are still with us today.

Oliver Cromwell Statue

One of only four remaining statues of Oliver Cromwell in Britain.Hero or Villain? You decide. Oliver Cromwell, St.Ives. Cambridgeshire. Copyright mamulcahy
One of only four remaining statues of Oliver Cromwell in Britain.Hero or Villain? You decide. Oliver Cromwell, St.Ives. Cambridgeshire. Copyright mamulcahy | Source

Cromwells Early Influences

Cromwell house in St.Ives, was formerly church property and 'granted' to the Cromwell family at the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536 and 1541)

Today it is a Grade II listed building and used as a care home for the elderly, and private housing.

Oliver Cromwell Background

Oliver came from a moderately wealthy background. His ancestors had made the families finances secure, by being on the right side, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

King Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) attempted to weaken the power of the Catholic Church in the UK by seizing it's assets. (churches, monasteries and farmlands)

The usual interpretation of these events, is that the Pope wouldn't allow Henry VIII divorce.

In reality, there had been a long history of dissent against the Catholic church in England, prior to Henry VIII's decision to break away from the power of Rome.

The Pope misread the depth of feeling in Britain, and set the scene for centuries of bloodshed that lasted until the late 20th century.

These events influenced the Cromwell family over generations and by extension the young Oliver. His indoctrination into a particularly virulent form of Puritanism would play out the full horror in later years, with the English Civil War and mass murder during the conquest of Ireland.

Oliver Cromwell's ancestor' Thomas Cromwell sided with King Henry VIII, and joined the new up-welling of anti-Papacy in favour of the new Protestant religion.

In the process, his ancestral family managed to get their hands on huge tracts of land, church buildings and a wide variety of farming, and other business assets.

Eventually after many years this inherited wealth came to Oliver's Uncle who was also named Thomas Cromwell. When Thomas Cromwell passed away, the fortune came to Oliver.

Oliver Cromwell's real name was Oliver Williams.

He changed his surname to Cromwell, when he inherited his Uncle's wealth, in recognition of the bequest. He felt he had a destiny to fulfill.

The Good Life

Prior to his inheritance Oliver led a relatively quiet but moderately prosperous life in the chicken and sheep farming business.

He never really got involved in anything political until he was in his 40's.

Cromwell's Birthplace

Cromwell House,St Ives.Cambridgeshire.  It Is believed that Oliver was born here, this was his uncle's house. The house is still in use today.
Cromwell House,St Ives.Cambridgeshire. It Is believed that Oliver was born here, this was his uncle's house. The house is still in use today. | Source

Causes of the English Civil War...Taxes

Oliver had been leading a quiet life, until King Charles I decided; that he wanted to raise taxes, to finance a war he was planning, against France and Spain.

King Charles I had already introduced a very unpopular ship tax, on freight entering and leaving the UK.

The King, thought it might be a wizard wheeze, to impose a land tax on the wealthy land owners; of this fair isle.

Well you know that is never going to work out well. These new taxes, had the potential to make things very costly, for anyone with land.

Oliver's uncle we can assume, was not best pleased; with the prospect of having to throw money, in the Kings direction.

Whilst all these shenanigans were unfolding, Oliver fell on slightly hard times and moved back to a modest home in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire.

It was during this period that Oliver had a religious transformation and revelation.

Oliver had been raised in a Puritan protestant household and during his time of hardship, developed a strong Puritanical conviction.

God wanted him to free England, from the tyranny of the Monarchy.

Oliver and Elizabeth Cromwell

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St.Ives Cambridgeshire was Strategically Important

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This strategically important bridge in St.Ives was blown up to protect the town from attack. Note the two different bridge arches.The left arches replaced the blown up section.River Ouse a great natural defense for St.IvesThe Oliver Cromwell Pub. I don't think he would have approved somehow.Medieval Inn Cromwell may have known this Inn. St.Ives Town Centre
This strategically important bridge in St.Ives was blown up to protect the town from attack. Note the two different bridge arches.The left arches replaced the blown up section.
This strategically important bridge in St.Ives was blown up to protect the town from attack. Note the two different bridge arches.The left arches replaced the blown up section. | Source
River Ouse a great natural defense for St.Ives
River Ouse a great natural defense for St.Ives | Source
The Oliver Cromwell Pub. I don't think he would have approved somehow.
The Oliver Cromwell Pub. I don't think he would have approved somehow. | Source
Medieval Inn Cromwell may have known this Inn.
Medieval Inn Cromwell may have known this Inn. | Source
St.Ives Town Centre
St.Ives Town Centre | Source

King Charles I

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King Charles I Execution

Woodcut Showing Charles I Execurion
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King Charles I

To say that King Charles I was unpopular would be an understatement. In a few short years he managed to annoy just about everyone in the realm.

He started by marrying a Catholic woman Henrietta Maria.

They were married on 13 June 1625. In fact, the North American Province of Maryland was named in her honour.

King Charles I followed the well worn path of divine kings, and demanded money from parliament for a war he was planning.

Parliament would not agree and so Charles closed down parliament and sent them all home.

Parliament in those days was not what it is today. They only met once in a blue moon or every 5 years, whichever came first.

Parliament was made up of landed gentry and the monied classes. (almost 100% exactly like today).

When Charles wanted to finance a war or build a new palace. Parliament was supposed to just pay for it, he believed he was entitled, he was the King, ordained by God to spend the countries money as he saw fit.

These arguments continued for many years, with Charles throwing more of his toys out of the pram.

Parliament meanwhile getting bolder and tougher, as things got steadily more out of control.

First Battle of Newbury 20th September 1643

Roundhead (Parliamentarian) Geared up... Winning

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Royalist Cavalier's not really Battle Dress is it?... Losing

No armour but very Fashionable
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The Dictator The Rump & Regicide

Some would say, that King Charles I had it coming. He was deluded and believed that he was ordained by God to rule.

He was up against an increasingly affluent, land owning class; who were not keen on the king telling them what to do, with their money.

It can be argued that Oliver Cromwell was also deluded. As a puritan, he believed that the more successful he became, showed him that God was smiling on his endeavors.

The New Model Army

The New model Army was made up of the ordinary people of England. Mostly peasants and tenant farmers and several large land owners, who were sick to death of the tyranny and taxes of Charles.

The difference that made them successful was basic but effective discipline on the battlefield.

Whereas the Cavaliers cavalry would charge, and when they would rout a Roundhead position, they would go on their merry way looting and pillaging the local towns and villages.

The new model army on the other hand would regroup and reform for another attack.

So basically the new model army won most battles, simply by consistently 'being there' whilst the Royalist Cavaliers, would be off robbing the camp followers and baggage train.

It may seem odd to us today but these simple tactics proved very effective. To win a war you have to be there or as we say these days. You need 'boots on the ground'.

The constant meddling by Charles in the affairs of Parliament had resulted in The English Civil War (1642–1651)

After many years of war, the Parliamentarians (the Roundheads) using superior and disciplined battle tactics beat the Royalists (Cavaliers) and King Charles I was eventually beheaded.

A particularly obscene method of killing with symbolic overtones. No one is above the law. Not even a King.

Oliver Cromwell presided over the gradual collapse of Parliament, and was named Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of the United kingdom.

"the people of England" a "Commonwealth and Free State by the Supreme Authority of this Nation, the Representatives of the People in Parliament ... and that without any King or House of Lords".

Adopted by the Rump Parliament, on 19 May 1649

Source: Hansard

Oliver knows best

The previous success of the morally attuned new model army against what he perceived to be rapscallions fed into Olivers' belief that he was being guided by God.

He dispensed with Parliament altogether, as they did not seem able to agree on anything. He would take charge.

Cromwell retained just enough people to run the government, with the Establishment of the Bare-bone's Parliament: in 1653.

During his time in power, he began to be referred to as your highness, and even signed his name Oliver P for Protector, much as a King would sign their name, Charles R for Regina.

Oliver Cromwell died on the 3rd September 1658, after several months of ill health and was buried in Westminster Abbey. A place usually reserved for Poets, Kings and Queens.

The restoration of the Monarchy under King Charles II, led to Oliver Cromwell's body being exhumed, hung, and chopped up.

His head stuck on a pike outside of Westminster Hall (Houses of Parliament) where it stayed for over 26 years.

Eventually the pike broke during a storm. Oliver Cromwell's head, went through many, object de macabre, dealers hands in the following centuries.

It was finally buried at his Alma Mater, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1960.

Separation of Church and State

The historical importance of Oliver Cromwell cannot be underestimated.

The archaic belief systems of both Charles I who believed he was owed a living because of his birthright, and Oliver Cromwell's 'divine' intervention with the Parliamentarians, led eventually to the separation of church and state in Britain, and eventually to most countries of the world today.

Oliver Cromwell was driven by a desire to do what he thought was the right thing. Like many fundamentalists today. They believe they are right...therefore everyone else is wrong.

Charles I was driven by a belief that he was entitled to privilege ordained by God no less.

These two opposing forces could only end badly.

Today in Britain, we have another Prince Charles in line to the throne. He has married a 'divorced catholic'.

Many people in Britain believe, that Prince Charles will never be King and that the succession will pass to his son Prince William.

The power of the state is such these days, that it is unlikely that we could have another civil war in England over the role of the Monarch.

We do still have religious fundamentalism which is pernicious and eating away at the rationalist views of society.

There is always the danger that when the people's needs are ignored by the privileged few and religious zealots are allowed to run riot. No one is safe. Not even a King.

Oliver Cromwell was England's first Dictator. In true dictator style, he handed power to his son. Not being half the man his father was. He son was deposed within a year.

The English Civil war was a defining moment, not just in English history but has defined World history ever since.

Many of the ideas that we take for granted today, were fought for during the English Civil War.

Ideas like, the right to follow your own religions beliefs and not have someone dictate how you practice or interpret your faith.

The concept that all people are equal under the law and that no one (even a king) is above the law.

Just about every aspect of our current daily lives were fought for and formulated in this epic period.

The protest that we see around the world today echo these ideas. The desire for freedom from tyranny is as alive today as it was back then.

What happened to the puritans you may ask?

They left Britain bound for the country that would eventually become the USA.

Cromwells Hometown

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St.Ives Bridge was tactically important for Cromwell

Cromwell Museum,Huntingdon,England

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Hello 2 years ago

How to contrast with Oliver Cromwell and Charles I


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molometer 3 years ago Author

Hello ytsenoh,

Oliver Cromwell is often portrayed as the villain of the period and to some extent it is warranted.

What people sometimes forget is the long term repercussions of his action. The separation of church and state and our relatively modern idea of freedom, liberty and the rule of the people over absolute monarchs. He was probably one of the most influential people of the last 1000 years, and quite a character.

Charles 1st was plain arrogant and sowed the seeds of his own demise.

I'm glad you enjoyed this too.


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ytsenoh 3 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

molometer, very interesting material on Cromwell although it was a little unnerving to learn his body had been exhumed for reasons you indicate. You have a lot more history in your land than we do, but learning of such details is food for any avid reader. Thanks much for enlightening us more of Cromwell's life and King Charles I.


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molometer 3 years ago Author

Hi Triggerdebate,

Interesting observation. I can see where you might draw similarities.


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molometer 3 years ago Author

Hi AudreyHowitt,

He was a very interesting chap. That's for sure.


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Triggerdebate 3 years ago

Ah, the great cromwelll...the English Bin Laden


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Very interesting!


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello HSchneider,

Oliver Cromwell and the ideas he followed have been a powerful influence on world history.

In the UK school' history, he rarely if ever gets a mention. Which is a little surprising.

I am glad you enjoyed this hub. It is one of my favorites too.

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

This was a wonderful history of Oliver Cromwell and this epic era in British history. Bravo, Molometer.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Graham,

thank you for reading. I am happy you found it enjoyable. I am hoping that the weather breaks, as I would like to attend one of the the Sealed Knot events and write something with some live videos.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Michael. I have returned and re-read this first class hub. It was even better this time. So well researched and presented. Videos and photographs add so much.

Voted up / Interesting.

Graham.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Thanks Alastar,

I do want to do one on the CW reenactors but the weather has been so wet many events have been cancelled.

Apparently we are due for a late summer starting Monday. :)

I will then try to get to an event .


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Got to share this at least one more time! Are you considering one on the English CW reenactors down the road Michael?


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Ian,

Thanks for having a read. We certainly do have a bloody history.

Sticking Oliver Cromwells head on a pike for 26 years?

I think he upset the monarchy a little lol


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alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I love the way you write - it's obvious what your profession is!

What a bloody history we have had on this island - we, of course, had our fair share up here!!

Ian.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Thanks for sharing Alastar,

I will be out with my camera during the summer catching more of the action.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This awesome hub with Cromwell and the English Civil War re-enactors video is coming around again!


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Graham,

It is a very interesting period in English history.

Oliver's actions had so many long term repercussions globally.

Oliver Cromwell definitely changed history in so many ways.

Glad you enjoyed reading and thanks for leaving a comment.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hello molometer. Absolutely first class hub. So well researched and presented. I know much more about Oliver Williams/Cromwell than I did before. voted up/ interesting.

Graham.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Alastar,

I do agree that they were very fulsome bosoms back in those days.

The re-enacters, I am sure put on all that weight. 'For the show' Keeping it real, as it were.

There are quite a few places nearby related to the Civil War (English) St.Ives for one was a garrison town for Cromwell.

I did a hub on it. I think you have read it already.

Cromwell blew up the bridge to fortify the town from attack.

Thanks for the reading and leaving a comment and some good advice.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Absolutely, do some more Micheal. Cromwell, a blip in the Royal linear line and an extremely interesting character from history, so true. Oh, I forgot to add that it was also very enjoyable watching the heaving bosom over the fallen warrior lol. Thanks for the details, awesome stuff. The golden rule attempted with the history writing is to make it human, never-ever clinical.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello JKenny,

The three battles you mentioned are probably the most well known sites from the civil war.

I was surprised at how little is published on this topic too?

I may write a book lol.

Thanks for leaving a comment.


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Fascinating hub molometer. I must admit that my knowledge of the civil war and Cromwell is sketchy. Although I did pay a visit to Edghill and Naseby in the summer. I also found out there was a battle near where I live: The Battle of Camp Hill, Birmingham, which the Royalists won. Unfortunately there's nothing left of the site today, because of the expansion of Birmingham.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Alastar,

I really must do some more hubs on a military theme.

I am surrounded by English Civil War and WW II airbases up here in Cambridge.

Your hubs are inspirational, in how these historic battles and events can be shared with a completely new audience.

Glad you liked Cromwell, he was quite a pivotal figure in British history. I really enjoyed writing it.

The battle video is from a group called the Sealed Knot.

They meet up every few weeks and re-enact various battles based on the facts.

Sometimes there are 1,000's + of people involved, with full battles cannon and cavalry plus behind the lines food tents and such like.

It is pretty amazing to be transported back in time.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You've got so many great hubs it was hard to choose one to share. Finally decided on this excellent one on Cromwell and King Charles for the followers. The re-enactment vid was quite cool- first time viewing your English CW, the action is a little different than from over here- especially the pike pushing- and just fascinating to watch. Kudo molo


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Now with added realism. Video of the Battle between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers. It's a must see.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello wba108@yahoo.com,

You make a valid point about the importance of the separation of church and state. Like many things these great ideas can be misused by the misguided. We see it often even today.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Healthy Pursuits,

He was a very important man in his day and his diaries are a must read. He puts us right back in the action of his time. I like when he talks about the public taking a 'picnic to the executions! It was like a day out for the whole family. Truly a different mind set.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

All the internal struggles in England during Cromwell's time, might explain why the American colonies were pretty much left alone by the British for the first hundred years of its existence.

The idea of an institutional separation of church and state was and is a great idea. Unfortunately the separation of church and state issue has been hi-jacked by those who want to remove religion from the public square including all civil government as they've done in the communist nations.


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

I am loving Sam's diary. I know about drawing and quartering only because I've already had to look it up. How terrible! And Samuel P just mentions that he went to see two traitors drawn and quartered with no more comment than when he went to the tavern and played his music. Very different mindset in those days!


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Healthy Pursuits,

I love old Sam's excellent work. It should be in everyone's book collections. I lived not far from him in London and could see the places he referred too.(obviously different century, even I am not that old lol)

Glad to be of assistance. They really did have some odd customs. Have you heard about drawing and quartering? I have a description of the method on my Guy Fawkes hub. They really did know how to terrorise the public.


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

I'm reading Pepys diary right now, and was amazed that they would dig up someone to punish him after death. Odd custom of the time. Anyway, I wanted to learn more about Cromwell, and found your hub an excellent source of information. Thanks.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Ha ha WD Curry 111,

I have no idea what you are talking about and I love it, isn't English wonderful lol


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

May I talk Florida surfer (the best in the world, because we get it)? I love you, man! You rock! (I ain't talking English Rock, unless you are talking Bloodwin Pig!)


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Nice to get off to a good start to the term and as you say 3 out of 4 isn't bad.

Sounds like you have a nice group with student that let you know they enjoyed the your presentation.

As for the dead heads there is always hope :)

They may perk up when they see their mid-terms lol

Thanks for the good wishes for the upcoming meeting. I am sure it will be fine.

Keep well and congratulations to a flying start to the new term.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Michael- Prep went pretty well. Could have used a little more sleep, but that was my fault, playing on HP, you know. Met with two classes yesterday and two classes today for the first time. Gave a mini-lecture and got all the administrative details out of the way.

So far, so good. Three of the classes were ultra-responsive and seemed to be right with me. Even had a fes students come up and indicate they liked my presentation and were looking forward to the class. The fourth class...not so much. I don't think they like anybody or anything. I am not sure they like being alive.

But perhaps they will warm up over time. :) If not, I have been doing this long enough to know not to take it personally. Three out of four isn't bad. :) I am anxious for the 18th to come. I hope your meeting goes especially well. :) Theresa


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Ha ha WD Curry 111, you did make me laugh.

'a computer generated reenactment of the battle'

We have real life battles every week. I will get some video for you and post it. lol


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Theresa,

Thank you for popping in and leaving your comments. You have an interesting group of subjects that you teach. I am happy that you enjoyed my little sketch of Oliver Cromwell. He was a pivotal figure in British history but doesn't really get the attention he deserves. I think most people would rather forget; that we had our very own dictator.lol

How is the prep coming along? well I hope.

Michael


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Up and all! Yes, funny, too. I might be an American, but I love subtle British humor, "King Charles 1 followed the well worn path of divine kings, and demanded money from parliament." and, " they only met once in a blue moon or every 5 years, whichever came first."

I saw a thing on public television where they had a computer generated reenactment of the battle play out on a desk top. It may have been a British show. Now, I got a closer look at the circumstances of the time. Great hub. Where were you when I had to do a 2 page, handwritten report in high school?

In rural, coastal North Carolina, the descendants of Blackbeard's pirate crew still say "whilst" in their semi-Scottish brogue. I am learning English from you!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Michael-

Finally got to read your article on Cromwell. Very interesting. You laid it all out quite well. I am ashamed to say that I know very little about English history - my teaching focus has always been Twentieth Century Europe, Central Europe, Holocaust, Russia, and History of Science.

About 8 years ago we hired a Canadian professor who teaches Great Britain, Ireland, Ancient History, Medieval History and Chivalry. We also hired his wife two years later and she teaches Africa, Latin America, Early Modern Europe, and Womens History. We have one Americanist and a Religion professor who also teaches History of India and China.

Not sure why I am going on about this, except to say we have kind of carved up the world....Jonathan doesn't do Germany and I don't do England. So it was nice to dip into a little British history courtesy of your Hub. :) Theresa


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Ha ha well done Natalie, you called it.

Oliver Cromwell started his 'liberation' of England by robbing King Charles 1, equivalent of a group 4 bullion security coach. It was full of silver.

As always it's all about the money.

Post code killers trying to own an area to carry on their dealings.

Oliver Cromwell taking over the country same same lol.


Nataliemk 4 years ago

Civil war in England - post code killings! Same-same!


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Cred2,

You are right of course about France and the USA for that matter.

The English Civil War is a period in history that is kind of known about in the UK but largely ignored.

It is treated like it was just a costume drama rather than a real event, with heads rolling all over the place.

It was a very interesting time and Cromwell was quite a character.

His head after it fell of the spike was bought and sold for years between collectors until eventually it was buried in 1960. 300 years doing the rounds. Hey! lol


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Britain led the way in ridding the world of the idea of the 'divine right' of Kings. This may very well be the point where the Parliament was to no longer be a mere rubber stamp. In under just a century and one half, France will be next. Thanks for the interesting piece of history. Cred2

P.S. Gee, that fellow, Cromwell had his head bouncing about for a long time after he died.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Always exploring,

lol you are right about the wealthy claiming God is leading them?

I tried to cram as much into this hub as I could, without writing a whole new book on Cromwell and the English civil war, this hub was more flavor of the times.

I am glad that you got something interesting from it.

The story of Oliver Cromwell got more interesting the more I dug into it(as is normal for me)

A chicken farmer to dictator in just a few years. Pretty amazing really.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting read. Isn't it funny how the wealthy claim God is leading them? The history in your article was educational for me..Thank you..


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Angie,

I am glad you enjoyed my potted version of Oliver Cromwell and he really was a very interesting character.

As you can see from above, there are many volumes written about him.

I just thought it was neat that I live not 4 miles from where he lived in St.Ives. And the irony that his house is now a care home for the elderly.

That's what I love about this country. Around every corner, there is history and a whole lot more.

Who knew we were a republic? They keep that very quiet these days? And we had our very own dictator. lol


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Oliver Cromwell has always been one of my heroes even if he was a bit of a sourpuss at times. But then that was just the Puritan way of life.

Interesting hub, molometer ... thanks for expanding my knowledge of the Lord Protector.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Tina,

Oliver Cromwell really was a pivotal figure during these turbulent days. He should not be forgotten. I learned a lot too, putting this hub together.

It was interesting to find out that the UK had once been a republic! even before America. T

Just goes to show, the power of the people when they get fed up, hey?

Thanks for the vote up Tina glad you liked it.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Interesting read and I learned something new about Oliver Cromwell! I have heard of him before but didn't know so much about where he came from. I agree with your thoughts, and as you say; not even a King is safe. The power from people and their opinions shouldn't be neglected! Voted up, interesting,

Tina

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