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Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658) was an English military and political leader best known for his involvement in making England, Scotland and Ireland into a republican Commonwealth and for the brutal war exercised in his conquest of Ireland. He was born in Huntingdon, seventy miles north of London, into the ranks of the middle gentry, and remained relatively obscure for his first forty years, slipping down to the level of yeoman farmer for a number of years in the 1630s due to personal and financial circumstances. However, he returned to the ranks of the gentry thanks to an inheritance from his uncle. A religious conversion experience during the same decade made an Independent style of Puritanism a core tenet of his life and actions.



Professor Kishlansky's Introduction to Cromwell

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2. Cromwell's Early Life and Conversion Experience (7:21)
3. Military Genius and Member of Parliament (6:36)
4. Civil War Leader (6:10)
5. Cromwell's Rise to Power During the War (6:39)
6. Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector (8:15)
7. Denouncing of Cromwell and the Army (9:29)
8. Cromwell's Final Years (5:56)

 National Archives

Was the Cromwellian Protectorate a military dictatorship?

Professor Barry Coward, President of the Historical Association and the Cromwell Association discusses the nature of the republican government of Britain's most controversial Head of State. 

Freedom's Ring - Religious Liberty Podcast Podcasts (website not found!)

Oliver Cromwell and religious freedom Dr. David Trim, teaches history at Newbold College, outside of London. Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, discussing religious freedom under the rule of Cromwell in 17th Century.

BBC News 24 

BBC News 24 examines the contradictory life of Oliver Cromwell (video Real player)


History according to Bob

Oliver Cromwell -mp3
Length: 14:30 Created: 07/21/07 - Bob has a tendency to take the podcasts offline, so take this episode while you still can!