Oliver Cromwell and the Rule of the Puritans in England


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The Life of Cromwell is in part based on an article contributed by the author to the Dictionary of National Biography in 1888, but embodies the result of later researches, and of recently discovered documents such as the Clarke Papers. The battle plans have been specially drawn for this volume by Mr. B. V. Darbishire, and in two cases differ considerably from those generally accepted as correct. The scheme of this series does not permit a discussion of the reasons why these alterations have been made, but the evidence concerning the battles in question has been carefully examined, and any divergence from received accounts is intentional. The reader who wishes to see this subject discussed at length is referred to a study of the battle of Marston Moor printed in Volume XII. of the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (new series), and to a similar paper on Dunbar which will appear in Volume XIV. The quotations from Cromwell’s letters or speeches are, where necessary, freely abridged. - Summary by C.H. Firth (13 hr 22 min)

Chapters

EARLY LIFE, 1599–1629 30:29 Read by Ruth P.
THE PREPARATION FOR THE CIVIL WAR, 1629–1640 42:48 Read by Eric Evans
THE LONG PARLIAMENT, 1640–1642 37:45 Read by L0ki
THE FIRST CAMPAIGN, 1642 25:33 Read by Eric Evans
CROMWELL IN THE EASTERN ASSOCIATION, 1643 24:51 Read by Avyndus
MARSTON MOOR, 1644 33:40 Read by L0ki
NASEBY AND LANGPORT, 1645–1646 33:06 Read by Gary Conway
PRESBYTERIANS AND INDEPENDENTS, 1642–1647 37:58 Read by L0ki
ARMY AND PARLIAMENT, 1647–1648 50:48 Read by L0ki
THE SECOND CIVIL WAR, 1648 24:25 Read by L0ki
CROMWELL AND THE KING’S EXECUTION, 1648–1649 36:53 Read by Richard Beiswanger
THE REPUBLIC AND ITS ENEMIES, 1649 39:31 Read by L0ki
IRELAND, 1649–1650 33:52 Read by merendo07
CROMWELL AND SCOTLAND, 1650–1651 41:33 Read by fshort
THE END OF THE LONG PARLIAMENT, 1651–1653 42:04 Read by L0ki
THE FOUNDATION OF THE PROTECTORATE, 1653 30:56 Read by L0ki
CROMWELL’S DOMESTIC POLICY, 1654–1658 41:13 Read by Ruth P.
CROMWELL’S FOREIGN POLICY, 1654–1658 33:58 Read by niko1812
CROMWELL’S COLONIAL POLICY 29:59 Read by L0ki
CROMWELL AND HIS PARLIAMENTS 41:22 Read by Ruth P.
THE DEATH OF CROMWELL, 1658–1660 34:24 Read by Ruth P.
CROMWELL AND HIS FAMILY 20:58 Read by Beth Blakely
EPILOGUE 34:01 Read by Ruth P.