Cromwell at War: talk at Waterstones, York

From Waterstones (York):

Our first event of 2018 is a talk on “Cromwell at War” with Martyn Bennett, author of a new book of the same name.

Oliver Cromwell is one of the most important and divisive political leaders of early modern history. He was also a military leader with a number of battlefield victories to his name.

Professor Martyn Bennett presents the first authoritative military biography of Cromwell the General, covering his impressive career from his early formative military victories, to his leadership of cavalry regiments, through to his victory with the republic in command of the New Model Army, whilst also addressing the Irish Campaigns and accusations of genocide.

Join us in our Cafe W as the author discusses the book in detail, taking questions on the book and the Lord Protector, and signing copies afterwards.

Martyn Bennett is Professor of Early Modern History at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on the British and Irish civil wars, the military revolution of the seventeenth century and the British Isles in the early modern period. He is the author of Oliver Cromwell and the Historical Dictionary of the British and Irish Civil Wars.

Monday 29th January, 7.00pm, at Waterstone’s bookshop, Coney Street, York. Tickets for this event are £3 and are available in-store, on 01904 620784, or on line here.

There is a local footnote to Cromwell’s life, or rather his death. After the Restoration, Cromwell’s body was taken from Westminster Abbey and decapitated on orders of the new king. Various conspiracy theories exist as to what happened to the body, including a rumour that Cromwell’s daughter Mary had it rescued and interred at her husband’s home at Newburgh Priory in Coxwold. A sealed stone vault was claimed to contain the remains of the headless Cromwell, but generations of the family have refused requests, including one from King Edward VII, to open it. Biographer John Morrill  thinks it was more likely that Cromwell’s body was thrown into the pit at Tyburn, where it remained. Ed.

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