Oliver Cromwell, Regicide and Kingship, 1647-1658

Fitzgibbons, Jonathan (2019) Oliver Cromwell, Regicide and Kingship, 1647-1658. Cromwelliana: The Journal of the Cromwell Association (8). pp. 13-29. ISSN 0905729323

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This article strips back the post-Restoration veneer to uncover the realities of Cromwell’s political career from the late 1640s through to his death in 1658. Specifically, it focuses on the trial of Charles Stuart, and the motivations behind it, as well as exploring Cromwell’s attitudes towards the abolition of kingship that followed the regicide. Finally, it briefly examines Cromwell’s reign as Lord Protector and the extent to which the regime was a monarchy in all but name. Above all, it will show that Cromwell was no hypocrite. Instead, it is important to appreciate that for Cromwell – as for many others in the 1640s and 50s – political considerations waited on religious ones. Political forms and titles were relatively unimportant for Cromwell; they were a means to an end. As he would famously put it during the debates of the army council at Putney in late 1647, they were but ‘dross and dung in comparison of Christ’. It is his lack of care about titles or forms of government that makes Oliver Cromwell worth caring about.

Keywords:Oliver Cromwell, Kingship, Monarchy, Regicide, Charles I, Charles II, Early Modern Britain, Early Modern England, Republicanism, English Revolution
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V142 Modern History 1600-1699
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage > Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage (Humanities)
ID Code:54337
Deposited On:16 May 2023 10:19

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