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Glyn  •  Link

A summary of Cromwell's life from an exhibition held at Cambridge University:

There is a statue of Oliver Cromwell standing outside the House of Commons:


but it's in a part of the grounds that cannot be reached by the public. It wasn't erected for more than 200 years after his death until 1898 and led to bitter debates in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, and thunderous leaders in the newspapers, with opposition from Conservative Members of Parliament and monarchists on one side and Irish Members of Parliament on the other: a testimony to his still controversial nature. In the end it was paid for anonymously and donated to the nation.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

The Death, Funeral Order, and Procession, of ... Oliver Cromwell, late Lord Protector.


Diary of Thomas Burton esq, volume 2: April 1657 - February 1658 (1828), pp. 516-30. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com.... Date accessed: 15 January 2007.

Includes many people well known to Diary readers, not least among them Secretary to the General at sea, Mr. Richard Creed.

Bill  •  Link

This great man, whose genius was awakened by the distractions of his country, was looked upon as one of the people, till he was upwards of forty years of age. He is an amazing instance of what ambition, heated by enthusiasm, restrained by judgment, disguised by hypocrisy, and aided by natural vigour of mind, can do. He was never oppressed with the weight, or perplexed with the intricacy of affairs : but his deep penetration, indefatigable activity, and invincible resolution, seemed to render him a master of all events. He persuaded without eloquence; and exacted obedience, more from the terror of his name, than the rigour of his administration. He appeared as a powerful instrument in the hand of Providence, and dared to appeal to the decisions of Heaven for the justice of his cause. He knew every man of abilities in the three kingdoms, and endeavoured to avail himself of their respective talents. He has always been regarded by foreigners, and of late years by the generality of his countrymen, as the greatest man this nation ever produced. It has been disputed which he deserved most, "a halter or a crown;" and there is no less disparity betwixt the characters drawn of him, and the reports propagated by his enemies and his friends. Colonel Lindsey affirmed that he saw him enter into a formal contract with the Devil; and Dawbeny has drawn a Parallel "betwixt Moses the Man of God, and Oliver the Protector." He died in his bed, on the 3d of September, a day which he had long esteemed fortunate, in the year 1658. The French court went into mourning for him; but the famous Mademoiselle de Montpensier disdained to pay that respect to the memory of an usurper.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1769.

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