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leading figures of British history. aeo Interweaves interpretative
narrative of Cornwalla s life with an in--depth assessment of his
long--term historical narrative. aeo Draws from original source
material throughout, explaining the difficulties faced in handling
"Clearly written, well organized and suffused with human interest, this new study will prove deservedly popular in sixth forms and university courses." History "This book is as disciplined, vivid and vigorous as the man it celebrates. Gaunt offers a convincing interpretation of Cromwella s life and a shrewd assessment of his achievement." John Morrill, Vice Master and Reader in Early Modern History, Selwyn College, Cambridge "A carefully written and well argued account." The Times "A new and controversial account of one of the pivotal figures in British history. This scholarly account is nonetheless interesting and informative." Rachel Dickinson, Waterstonea s, Richmond, in The Bookseller "A concise but thick--textured and comprehensive reconsideration of a character, a career, a life and a reputation, making no claim to be definitive -- each generation commands its own reappraisal -- but ensured of an enduring place in the historiography." Ivan Roots, Cromwelliana "Serious and well researched." The Sunday Times "Oliver Cromwell is a superb and scholarly biography, and essential reading for any definitive study of 17th century British and Irish history. Midwest Book Review "The strength of Peter Gaunta s book is that it integrates Cromwella s military and political careers and deals seriously and sensitively with his religion. It is also well written. In his handling of Cromwella s battlefield exploits, Gaunt is superior to virtually all other recent biographers ... Gaunt has written the most useful biography since C. H. Firtha s Oliver Cromwell and the Rule of the Puritans appeared in 1900." Albion
Peter Gaunt is Senior Lecturer in History at University College Chester. He is also Chairman of The Cronwell Association. Historical Association Studies are incisive essays on major historical topics. Intended for students, books in the series provide critical interpretations of research in some of the central themes and key episodes of history.
Preface. List of Maps. Part I: Introduction:. 1. The Man and the Myth. Pert II: The Life and Career:. 2. Early Life, 1599 1642. 3. The First Civil War, 1642 46. 4. Politics and the Army, 1646 49. 5. Enemies and Divisions, 1649 53. 6. Head of State , 1653 58. Part III: Conclusions:. 7. The Faces of Cromwell. Select Bibliography. Notes. Index.