Essay on Oliver Cromwell as a Hero or Villain
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The aim of this essay, is to answer the long-awaited question 'Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain? This question, is a hard one to answer. James Heath once said "His name and memory stink." In opposition, Samuel Pepys said "People look back and praise him." True? Or Not? This essay will argue Edmond Ludlow's words," How glorious, but then such betrayal!" Oliver Cromwell was neither a hero nor a villain. The evidence and opinions gathered will state, how he went from good to bad, and from bad to evil.
Oliver Cromwell, was a puritan gentleman from Huntingdon. He was born on the 25th of April 1599, and brought up in a very wealthy family, and a high social class. Cromwell, was an MP for…show more content…
He drew up his army into a good body, and people were proud to serve him. With this army, Cromwell fought, and succeeded in all of his battles. In fact, Cromwell won so many of his battles, that Prince Rupert actually nicknamed him' Old Ironsides.' At this stage, he wasn't everyone's hero. I mean, he was parliaments hero, and the followers of parliaments hero, but not everyone's. He captured 5000 Royalists, and killed nearly 500 all in one battle, so he must be pretty good! But don't you think that this is not enough, I mean I think that we would have to see whether he does anything with this; being successful I mean. Don't you?
In January of 1659, King Charles I was executed publicly. It was a tragedy that touched many hearts. But why did it happen, and who was responsible? Charles I, became a prisoner of the New Model Army, who tried to make a deal with him, but because he still believed that god meant him to be a powerful king, he made a secret alliance with the Scots, (and their army), who thought that this was a good way to win control in England. As Scotland was the backdoor to England, it seemed like a good plan. A second civil war broke out in 1648, and so
Essay about Oliver Cromwell a Hero not a Villain
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Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?
I think Oliver Cromwell was a hero. He was good – hearted and ambitious, and he wanted England to be at it’s best with no corruption and unfair methods. He thought Charles was not doing the right thing, so he worked hard and got him executed.
Oliver Cromwell was a Member of Parliament (MP) and was against king Charles and his ways, so he worked hard and got the king executed. After that, he got offered the post of king, but he refused it, but was Lord Protector of the country. After some time, he dismissed parliament (because he thought they were getting selfish and greedy), and ruled on his own until he died of an infection on the 3rd of September 1658.
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You can trust this source as Churchill was in a high position and was responding to a harsh comment made by someone in the public. Cromwell was determined and strong-willed, as he fought for what he believed in when he helped to get King Charles executed. He thought what he was doing was right, and considered himself acting in god’s name.
Cromwell was a villain. He was a hypocrite. He executed Charles – one of the reasons why was because he dismissed parliament, and yet he does it himself! “Cromwell often did not do as he promised. The army officer who thought promotion should be on performance and not birth was also the country gentleman who believed in rights for the gentry. Cromwell criticised the government of Charles I for its unfairness, yet he was corrupt himself. The defender of the parliament led that parliaments own army against it and closed it down.” Historian Roger Howell in images of Cromwell, 1977. You can rely on this source telling you the truth as it is from a book and usually books are not biased. Cromwell was a villain. He often did not listen to people’s views and did everything his own way, not taking in other people’s opinions. Cromwell was a villain. “Cromwell said he was a man of the people but people at the time said he ruled without listening to their views or parliament’s (even the Rump full of his supporters). He became selfish and only asked the unpopular ‘Major