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30,162. On the streets of Dublin, Cromwell is still a swear-word. (Great Britain & Civil War: England & Cromwell & Ireland) Michael Wood, The Great British Story VI: A People’s History: The Age of Revolution 6/8
30,163. The monarchy was restored but with a king whose powers were now limited. (Great Britain & England & Monarchy) ibid.
30,303. Cromwell stepped up his assault on the old religion ... crushing the cult of saints and shrines. (Great Britain & England & Cromwell & Civil War & Catholicism) Simon Scharma, A History of Britain: Burning Convictions
30,323. Say hello to the Antichrist across the Irish Sea. The target of Cromwell’s march through blood was an army of royalists holding out in Ireland in the name of King Charles ... This was Cromwell’s war crime. An atrocity so hideous it contaminated Anglo-Irish history ever since. (Great Britain & England & Ireland & Cromwell) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Revolutions
31,806. Cromwell treated Ireland like the primitive colony he thought it was. (Ireland & Cromwell) ibid.
30,326. To Cromwell the Rump was a monstrosity. A bastion of selfishness and greed. More like Sodom than Jerusalem. (Great Britain & England & Civil War & Parliament & Cromwell) ibid.
30,327. He chose to become Lord Protector – that had a good ring: authority but not tyranny. (Great Britain & England & Civil War & Cromwell) ibid.
30,328. What it turned out Cromwell wanted for everyone was a quiet life. But Catholics were excluded from this vision. (Great Britain & England & Cromwell) ibid.
30,329. The irony about the restoration of Charles II was that he came to the throne not because England needed a successor to Charles I, he came to the Throne because England needed a successor for Oliver Cromwell. (Great Britain & England & Charles II & Cromwell) ibid.
30,430. Cromwell’s New Model Army will eventually defeat the forces of the King. (Great Britain & England & Cromwell & Civil War) The British III: Revolution
30,809. They plucked communion tables down
And broke our painted glasses;
They threw our altars to the ground
And tumbled down the crosses.
They set up Cromwell and his heir –
The Lord and Lady Claypole –
Because they hated common prayer
The organ and the maypole. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) Thomas Jordan, How the War Began 1664
30,824. Now, Cromwell was the King’s impalpable enemy certain that it was God’s will that Charles should die. (England & Civil War & Charles I & Cromwell) The English Civil War III: To Kill a King
30,826. With the King gone, Cromwell at last began to wield real political authority, and he was elected as the first chairman of the new Council of State that was first convened in February 1649. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) The English Civil War IV: The Shadow of the Scaffold
30,827. Cromwell had achieved his ambitions through the power of his personality. The force of his fiery oratory. And his undoubted military genius. He had created a unique opportunity to realise his dream of establishing the New Jerusalem in England. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) ibid.
30,828. This phase of Cromwell’s life was to bring him lasting infamy in so many parts of Ireland and the British Isles. On 4th September 1649 Cromwell’s fearsome New Model Army made an assault on the Royalist held town of Drogheda. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Great Britain & Ireland) ibid.
30,829. Behind him Oliver Cromwell left a lasting legacy of bitterness and hatred in Ireland that endures to this very day. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Ireland) ibid.
30,830. The dark clouds of war gathered once more. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) ibid.
30,831. Despite Fairfax’s deep reservations Cromwell invaded Scotland entering the country in the summer of 1650. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Great Britain & Scotland) ibid.
30,832. Finally in April 1653 Cromwell lost patience. Forewarned of a parliamentary plot to relieve him of his command of the Army Cromwell prepared for the parliamentary debate on the issue by placing thirty of his trusted musketeers in the lobby of the House. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Parliament) ibid.
30,833. It is one of history’s great ironies that Cromwell’s rule over England was more tyrannical and extreme in nature than that of any Royalist. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) ibid.
30,834. In all but name Cromwell had become the king he had helped to remove with so much bloodshed. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) ibid.
30,835. On 3rd September 1658 on the anniversary of his great victories at Dunbar and Worcester Oliver Cromwell breathed his last. After his death Cromwell’s much hoped for constitutional and religious settlements were never to be achieved. In the uncertain hands of his son Richard his protectorate survived only twenty more months. (England & Civil War & Cromwell) ibid.
30,849. If the remonstrance had been rejected I would have sold all I had the next morning and never have seen England more, and I know there are many other modest men of the same resolution. (England & Cromwell & Parliament) Oliver Cromwell, on passing of Grand Remonstrance listing Parliament’s grievances against Charles I, cited Edward Hyde
30,850. I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that you call a Gentleman and is nothing else. (England & Cromwell & Civil War & Fight & Gentleman) Oliver Cromwell, letter to Sir William Spring September 1643
30,851. A few honest men are better than numbers. (England & Cromwell & Civil War) Oliver Cromwell
30,852. We study the glory of God, and the honour and liberty of parliament, for which we unanimously fight, without seeking our own interests ... I profess I could never satisfy myself on the justness of this war, but from the authority of the parliament to maintain itself in its rights; and in this cause I hope to prove myself an honest man and single-hearted. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Parliament) Oliver Cromwell, September 1644
30,853. We declared our intentions to preserve monarchy, and they still are so, unless necessity enforce an alteration. It’s granted the king has broken his trust, yet you are fearful to declare you will make no further addresses ... look on the people you represent, and break not your trust, and expose not the honest party of your kingdom, who have bled for you, and suffer not misery to fall upon them for want of courage and resolution in you, else the honest people may take such courses as nature dictates to them. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Parliament) Oliver Cromwell, speech House of Commons January 1648
30,854. I tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Charles I & Execution) Oliver Cromwell, December 1648
30,855. I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. (England & Oliver Cromwell & Certainty & Religion & Mistake) Oliver Cromwell, letter to Church of Scotland 3rd August 1650
30,856. No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going. (England & Cromwell) Oliver Cromwell