God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution

God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution

Christopher Hill / Oct 16, 2019

God s Englishman Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution A nuanced biography of Oliver Cromwell breaking down Cromwell s life into different parts fenland farmer and humble backbencher stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army key figure of the

  • Title: God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
  • Author: Christopher Hill
  • ISBN: 9780140137118
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • A nuanced biography of Oliver Cromwell, breaking down Cromwell s life into different parts fenland farmer and humble backbencher stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army key figure of the Commonwealth and finally Lord Protector Hill leads the reader unsentimentally through Cromwell s life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end Hill brinA nuanced biography of Oliver Cromwell, breaking down Cromwell s life into different parts fenland farmer and humble backbencher stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army key figure of the Commonwealth and finally Lord Protector Hill leads the reader unsentimentally through 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 Such a detailed understanding of the workings of providence is vital to understanding Cromwell.

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    About "Christopher Hill"

      • Christopher Hill

        John Edward Christopher Hill was the pre eminent historian of sixteenth and seventeenth century English history, and one of the most distinguished historians of recent times Fellow historian E.P Thompson once referred to him as the dean and paragon of English historians.He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford During World War II, he served in the Russian department of the British Foreign Office, returning to teach at Oxford after the war.From 1958 1965 he was University Lecturer in 16th and 17th century history, and from 1965 1978 he was Master of Balliol College He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the British Academy He received numerous honorary degrees over the course of his career, including the Hon Dr Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1979.Hill was an active Marxist and a member of the Communist Party from approximately 1934 1957, falling out with the Party after the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprisings of 1956.In their obituary, The Guardian wrote of Hill Christopher Hill was the commanding interpreter of 17th century England, and of much else besides it was as the defining Marxist historian of the century of revolution, the title of one of the most widely studied of his many books, that he became known to generations of students around the world For all these, too, he will always be the master theguardian news 2003


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    1. Interesting but not to my taste. Christopher Hill no doubt forgot more in his life time about Cromwell than I would have read but the class struggles of recent times for me were not the same as those of the Civil wars of Great Britain and Ireland. For mine the struggle was religious. Class had less impact. I also found that this book read as several essays pieced together as opposed to a narrative. I am in the minority in this view and would never suggest that others with an interest in Cromwell [...]


    2. This book was the start of our friendship between Aziza and me. I first met her as my Australian great reader and book collector in a bookshop when she saw this book on the floor and said Oh, I read this book. I was a bit surprised so after a brief introduction, we became friends and one day she kindly took me to the city (Brisbane) to visit some good second-hand bookshops because I told her I rarely found few of them there in 1999.


    3. The late Christopher Hill was possibly England's greatest historian of the Civil War and of Oliver Cromwell in particular. For those who wish to learn more about this period I thoroughly recommend this well written, lucid history of a period which saw the birth of many political ideas which we value today. It will also help to explain the political background, not often appreciated, of Cromwell's chief propagandist, John Milton, the poet, and his comments on the various Parliaments of this perio [...]


    4. A bit donnish and heavy-going in places if don't enjoy easy familiarity with the field, but worth the effort nonetheless. It puts Cromwell in his historical and international context , and corrects a few common misconceptions. According to Hill, the idea that Cromwell led a "Puritan revolution" is something of a distortion - wine still flowed during the Commonwealth and opera was performed. Cromwell also apparently wasn't too keen in capital punishment, and political gains against the Dutch outw [...]


    5. Unfortunately I can’t give this the review it deserves, as I don’t have it with me to refer to. Perhaps this will prove a test of how memorable the contents were? In any event, I’d only read one other book about Cromwell and found this one fascinating. It was published in 1970 (or 1971?) and has remained very readable, with only a couple of slightly dated references. It covers the life of Oliver Cromwell chronologically, before devoting two chapters to his religious beliefs and influence u [...]


    6. It is a well written biography and generally is a good introduction to Cromwell. You get a feel to the man he is and the conditions of the country he was raised in. It serves well in this respect and indeed in drawing the picture of Cromwell. However in parts the events are a little unclear in their significance and I would say that to maximise your reading you would need to have background knowledge of the English Civil War and the significant events to understand the references more clearly th [...]


    7. [Rushdoony] Well didn’t Cromwell do a great deal to destroy churches? is is a common impression. Now just to cite one authority alone, Dr. Christopher Hill, a historian at Oxford, who would not share my theology for a moment. He is one of the great experts on seventeenth century, has written several books on the subject, including one on Cromwell alone. And he states, with regard to the destruction of churches, that there was some destruction by the soldiers, the Puritan soldiers, after the ci [...]


    8. "INDEED THERE ARE HISTORIES THAT DO GIVE YOU A NARRATIVE" Was what Oliver Cromwell told the Barebones Parliament before going onto declare that what really mattered was "those things wherein the life and power of them lay". In Christopher Hills biography of Cromwell - "God's Englishman" - he attempts to do both: tell the story of Cromwell and the English Revolution, as well as looking behind the story to see within what context those momentous events occurred, and to look at the ideas and forces [...]


    9. In his final chapter of this masterful biography of Cromwell, Hill reviews three hundred years of scholarship on his subject, and has this to say of Samuel Rawson Gardiner's writing on Cromwell: "Masterly in detail, irreplaceable in learning, perfect in literary sense and knack of apt quotation." Hill could be describing his own book. It goes without saying that Hill brings his own Marxist slant to the significance of Cromwell and his times. This political approach to the life, however, has the [...]


    10. Good, though a bit dry. If you know something about the period already, this would be a very insightful book, and it's probably gold for an historian of the period. For someone like me, with a basic knowledge of some of the events, it was a bit dense.


    11. well, I'll be honest, I think you need more knowledge than vague recollections of A level history 1603-1688 30 years ago to get the most out of this book, but it's certainly whetted my appetite for more Oliver. Charles Firth's biography apparently is the one to go for.








    12. Christopher Hill was a Marxist and this show through in his fascination with revolution. Nevertheless, this book is a fairly balanced look at Cromwell and his times. It is well worth reading.


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