10-Minute Talks: The making of Oliver Cromwell

by Professor Ronald Hutton FBA

28 Dec 2021

Statue of Oliver Cromwell in front of the Palace of Westminster, London, UK.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) is, in terms of sheer achievement, the greatest English commoner of all time and yet remains a deeply controversial figure. He represented himself, apparently compellingly, as an honest, pious, modest, and selfless servant of God and his nation, and yet most of his contemporaries found him ruthless, devious, and self-promoting. In this talk, Ronald Hutton sums up the findings of his latest book, The Making of Oliver Cromwell, which examines his actions and words in full context up until the end of the English Civil War in 1651, and proposes an answer to this apparent paradox.

Speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton FBA, Professor of History, University of Bristol.

Lead image: Statue of Oliver Cromwell in front of Palace of Westminster (Parliament), London, UK. © Stuart Monk via Shutterstock.

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