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Thomas Carlyle and Oliver Cromwell

The Raleigh Lecture on History was delivered by Professor Blair Worden FBA, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Sussex, on 27 October 1999 at the British Academy. One hundred years ago (almost to the day when the lecture was given), the statue of Oliver Cromwell that stands outside the Palace of Westminster was unveiled. To the commemorators his modern standing had one principal cause: the publication in 1845 of Thomas Carlyle’s book ‘Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches’. In this extract, Professor Worden considers the relationship between the two men. (Professor Worden has been awarded a three-year British Academy Research Professorship to write a new biography of Oliver Cromwell.)

• Blair Worden

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in Review, July-December 1999.