Oliver Cromwell Talk
The Essex Branch of the Historical Association will be holding a talk on Saturday, 13th January 2018, at 2.30pm at the Trinity Methodist Church,Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB entitled: ‘Oliver Cromwell: hero or villain?’ by Dr. David. L. Smith. This talk looks at Oliver Cromwell, who remains one of the most controversial and complex figures in British History. Was he driven by consistent principles or by ambition and self-interest? How did he attain such extraordinary power? What was his impact on his times and what legacy did he leave behind? This lecture will explore these and other questions relating to Cromwell’s life and career through a selection of his letters and speeches, and will consider why opinion is still so divided over whether he was a hero or a villain.
David L. Smith is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His publications include Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640-1649 (1994), A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707: The Double Crown (1998), The Stuart Parliaments, 1603-1689 (1999), and (with Patrick Little) Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (2007).