Author: Ronald Hutton
About the Book:
Oliver Cromwell - the only English commoner to become the Head of State - is one of the great figures of history.He was at once courageous and devout, devious and self-serving; as a parliamentarian, he confessed himself committed to reform, as a soldier he was bloodthirsty. Cromwell's writings and speeches surpass those of any other ruler of England before Victoria; and, for those seeking to understand him, he has been taken at his word.
In this major new work, Ronald Hutton untangles the facts from the fiction. Cromwell, discovering his devotion to god and cementing his puritan support base, quickly transformed from obscure provincial to military victor. At the end of the First English Civil War he was poised to take power. Hutton reveals a man who was both genuine in his faith and deliberate in his dishonesty - and uncovers the inner workings of the man who has puzzled biographers for centuries
About the Author:
Ronald Hutton is professor of history at Bristol University and a leading authority on the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. He is the author of seventeen books.