God's Englishman

God's Englishman

Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution

eBook - 1970
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Publisher: New York, Dial Press, 1970
Characteristics: 324 p. illus., ports. 22 cm

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deleuzerimbaud Sep 16, 2013

Historically rich but not written to engage. Not a Ron Chernow class biography by far. Average at best. Revised: I am shocked at the extension into discourse about the origin of the Protestant Work Ethic via Calvinism and Puritanism related to the time. This merits the book 1 more star. It analyzes the religious movements away from religious passivism (relying on a savior) to truly develop Cromwell's motto: "Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry." History is far more complicated than any normal educator is ever allowed to demonstrate in a classroom and this book is a great example. This must be followed up by a reading of Martin Luther's Reformation writings if a good book can be found of the type. I was introduced to: The Interregnum, The Instrument of Government, The New Model Army, The Navigation Act of 1651,The Court of Wards and Liveries, The Barebones Parliament, The Rump Parliament, The Levellers, Triers, Laudians, John Milton is frequently cited and it suggests that Hobbes returned to England because of Cromwell's settling the nation even claiming that his Leviathan helped Royalists submit to the Protectorate (pg 239). All in all a very elutriating read with noble perspectives. Done.

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