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Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?

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Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain? Oliver Cromwell was born in 1599 and he died in 1658. He was an army general during the civil wars in 1642-1648 and was well respected. He ordered his men (the roundheads) into battle after organising and planning his movements. Oliver Cromwell was a M.P. before the civil war and the public supported him during the war against the king. It was Oliver who signed Charles the first's death warrant, so was Oliver a hero or a villain? Cromwell believed that King Charles was abusing the public's right and he thought he could try to change the king's ways. For example, King Charles believed that England should be a catholic country (like France) event though England was mostly consisted of Protestants and Puritans. ...read more.

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During the war as a general there is much evidence that suggests that he, himself was 'a good fighter' and that he 'was prompt and eager when many hung back'. Cromwell required a high reputation for 'discipline and valour' amongst the chaos of the war. Cromwell also became Lord Protector (1653-1659) after the civil wars ended; this was a very important job as it involved ruling the country along side the council (the council is chosen by Parliament). On the other hand Cromwell did a lot of terrible things not just to his enemies in fact some people thought of Cromwell as a criminal or a villain. Ireland was a catholic country and when Cromwell reached a catholic village called Drogheda his actions were described as 'a total butchery'. ...read more.

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But when they had all in their power, the word 'No quarter' went around.' Cromwell's army killed all those surrendered men, which was entirely wrong. It was also Cromwell who signed the death warrant for King Charles in 1649 on the 30th of January but on the other hand Cromwell had not intended to have to execute the king when the war began. Cromwell did some good things for the country but he did his fair share of evil things. Cromwell started off trying to make the country a better place but ended up killing many people and betraying others. Cromwell was neither a hero nor a villain but he is somewhere in between, he fought for what he thought everyone wanted but in some ways he damaged the country. He made and equal amount of triumphs and an equal amount of mistakes, and so it is clear that Cromwell was a good man who made many mistakes. ...read more.

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