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30,162. On the streets of Dublin, Cromwell is still a swear-word. (Great Britain & English Civil Wars & Cromwell & Ireland) Michael Wood, The Great British Story 6/8: A People’s History: The Age of Revolution, BBC 2013
30,163. The monarchy was restored but with a king whose powers were now limited. (Great Britain & England & English Civil Wars & Monarchy) ibid.
30,303. Cromwell stepped up his assault on the old religion ... crushing the cult of saints and shrines. (Great Britain & England & Cromwell & English Civil Wars & Catholicism) Simon Scharma, A History of Britain: Burning Convictions, BBC 2000
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 & English Civil Wars & Parliament & Cromwell) ibid.
30,327. He chose to become Lord Protector – that had a good ring: authority but not tyranny. (Great Britain & England & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars) The British III: Revolution, Sky Atlantic 2012
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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & Charles I & Cromwell) The English Civil War III: To Kill a King, 2001
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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & Cromwell & Ireland) ibid.
30,830. The dark clouds of war gathered once more. (England & English Civil Wars & Cromwell) ibid.
30,831. Despite Fairfax’s deep reservations Cromwell invaded Scotland entering the country in the summer of 1650. (England & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & Cromwell) ibid.
30,834. In all but name Cromwell had become the king he had helped to remove with so much bloodshed. (England & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & 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, re 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 & English Civil Wars & Fight & Gentleman) Oliver Cromwell, letter to Sir William Spring September 1643
30,851. A few honest men are better than numbers. (England & Cromwell & English Civil Wars) 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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & 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 & English Civil Wars & 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
30,857. It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance. Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do. I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go! (England & Cromwell & Parliament & Insults) Oliver Cromwell, speech to Rump parliament 1653
30,858. There are some things in this establishment that are fundamental ... about which I shall deal plainly with you ... the government by a single person and a parliament is a fundamental ... and ... though I may seem to plead for myself, yet I do not: no, nor can any reasonable man say it ... I plead for this nation, and all the honest men therein. (England & Cromwell & Parliament) Oliver Cromwell, to First Protectorate Parliament 12 September 1654
30,859. I desire not to keep my place in this government an hour longer than I may preserve England in its just rights, and may protect the people of God in such a just liberty of their consciences. (England & Cromwell & Parliament) Oliver Cromwell
68,959. Cruel necessity. (Cruelty & Cromwell & Charles I) Oliver Cromwell, re execution of Charles I