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The classic, bestselling biography of one of the most controversial figures in British history from ‘One of the finest historians of the age’ The Times Literary Supplement

From Fenland farmer and humble backbencher to stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army, Oliver Cromwell became the key figure of the Commonwealth, and ultimately Lord Protector. In this fascinating and insightful biography, Christopher Hill reveals Cromwell’s life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end. Hill brings all his considerable knowledge of the period to bear on the relationships God’s Englishman had with God and England, giving an unprecedented insight vital to understanding Cromwell.


A triumph of complex interpretation and delicious prose ... Hill introduced nuance into the character of Cromwell and the nature of his revolution ... the finest of guides to the man of the times
Tristram Hunt, GUARDIAN
A humane and imaginative book by a historian writing at the peak of his powers
This is the most intelligent summation we have on Cromwell, and it is written with the grace and power we have come to expect from Hill
The dean and paragon of English historians
E.P. Thompson