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Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?

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´╗┐Was Cromwell a hero or a villain? In my essay that you are now reading, I will convince you that Cromwell was a hero but was in no way perfect and that he was a key part in many important events during his life. Living in a wealthy family, Cromwell was born in a peaceful, little town named Huntingdon on the 25th April 1599. As a clever young man, Cromwell a local grammar school where his teacher (Dr Beard) taught the pupils mostly about religion and was extremely strict, beating the students when he thought they were getting lazy. In 1617 Cromwell entered Cambridge University, but sadly his father died, leaving Cromwell to look after his siblings and his mother. In 1620 Cromwell found a woman named Elizabeth and married her happily. After a short time Cromwell successfully became an MP for Huntingdon in 1628, this was essentially his first political achievement. Sadly Cromwell fell short of money and became extremely ill and nearly died! Cromwell believed that God helped him to get through it, but five years later in 1636 his rich uncle died, leaving his house, land, wealth and reputation to Cromwell. At an age of 41 Cromwell was elected an MP for Cambridge, where two years later he raised troops for parliament, as the king at the time (Charles) ...read more.

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This religious side to Cromwell was exceedingly good as many people (in the 16th century) had strong religious beliefs; in fact nearly the whole population in England had some sort of religious beliefs! Fourth and finally, Cromwell was a political man; he supported executions; he got offered the crown; voted often and was lord protector. He was trusted by many people to run army?s and become general, they must have trusted him for a reason, mustn?t they? Although Cromwell was thought to be a good man, he can be seen as a bloodthirsty person who would kick a man while he was down. One of the most two-sided stories was the levellers; the levellers were a political movement in Cromwell?s time who wanted the taxes to lower, the Long Parliament gone and a new one elected and they wanted all men to be able to vote. Cromwell did not agree with this and executed the three main leaders in front of all their followers; these people were Cornet Thompson, Private Church, and Corporal Perkings. After that the leveller?s movement collapsed and there idea of ?one man, one vote? was not heard again for nearly 200 years. Another major thing was the battle of Drogheda in Ireland; this was probably the most controversial part of Cromwell?s story. ...read more.

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In the 1930?s and 1940?s many historians thought that Cromwell was a cruel military dictator, they thought he was much like Hitler, and at that time England was in the second World War (1939 ? 1945). Hitler also captured, tortured and murdered millions of Jews, this meant that Hitler was hated (Pg.44 ? 45). To this day historians find Cromwell very confusing, complicated and cannot seem to understand him. Cromwell was an MP who believed in parliament, a soldier who believed the army did the work of God; he was a revolutionary who supported the execution of Charles I and a conservative who wanted to protect the power of land owners. Cromwell was a deeply religious man who failed to discover Gods will for him and his country. Finally, Cromwell was a ruler, not a perfect one, but a ruler, who made mistakes but had many successes; he always put the country before himself, whatever happened. In conclusion, due to all of the evidence and reliable sources, I (and you) believe that Cromwell was a good man who was in no way perfect. He had played a key part in many events during his life, Cromwell was heroic but was a villain at the same time. Many different people thought differently of him, and to this day people still can?t make a statement saying whether Cromwell was a Hero or a Villain. ...read more.

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