I have done this essay, but I need to get another view on it. Thanks.
Guideline on Oliver Cromwell Essay
Introduction: An important thing for you to bear in mind is that this is an essay on Oliver Cromwell and an essay on Oliver Cromwell, by Peter Gaunt. That is to say that the assignment expects you to produce an informed assessment of Oliver Cromwell and it expects you to demonstrate that you have read the biography, Oliver Cromwell, by Peter Gaunt, carefully. It is acceptable to me that you incorporate other sources into this essay but remember that, from my point of view (i.e., the grader), I want to be convinced that you have read the assigned book.
A Few Tips on Reading The Book:
1. Read and think about the essay topic before you begin reading the book. As you read
Oliver Cromwell, think about how what you are reading would help you write your
2. Read chapters 1 and 7 before you read the rest of the book. What are the myths,
" faces", biases and sources that influence the way Cromwell is regarded?
3. Does Peter Gaunt have a thesis or point of view? How does he build his case with regard
to Cromwell? What does Gaunt think of Cromwell?
4. What do you think of Cromwell? To what extent do your own prejudices influence your
assessment of Cromwell? How have the perspectives/prejudices influenced the way
others have regarded Cromwell?
5. How good are the sources on Cromwell?
6. Make a chronological framework for the segments of Cromwell's life with a few notes
for what he did in each segment.
7. What do you think motivated/ "drove" Cromwell to do the significant things that he did?
The famous poet, John Milton, wrote of Oliver Cromwell, that "the title of king was unworthy of the transcendent majesty of your character." Another contemporary (and an adversary) described him as a "brave bad man." How should Oliver Cromwell be remembered? Was he "God's Englishman," a military leader, a statesman, a tyrant, a paradox?
I have created a 2-part solution to your problem as the details that are asked for by your tutor/professor for this particular problem cannot be concisely and answered in detail in mere 800 words alone. Factor in, for instance, the need for chronology and that alone would require a 2,000 word paper. I created this solution to be as concise but as comprehensive as possible. The first part as an intro to Cromwell which is asked of you in the enumerated 'needs' for the essay. The second & third part accounts for much of the required perspective on the work by Gaunt & a presentation of opinions according to what Gaunt presented in his work. This solution is written in APA format which makes it expandable as most of the resources used were presented in the reference section. I have separated a mini-chronology from the paper that accounts for much of Cromwell's Life from a historical perspective. You can, if you like, only concentrate on the last 2 sections of the Essay in Part 1 to concentrate your comparison to your present paper although, I believe the intro is rather essential after reviewing the necessary details you must account for according to your professor/tutor. Attached is the word version of the solution.
Part I - Essay on Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell - a concise Introduction
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Wales was an English political reformer and military leader whose successes, however short in terms of his actual wrestling of power from the British Monarchy, inspired people with the ideals of liberty in his time and after. Historians like Thomas Carlyle & Samuel Gardiner picture him as a hero that paved way for the revolutionary changes in which the British nation is now governed. Because of his religious he has gained the 'hatred' of the Irish due to his policies & heavy handed incursions during the Irish Military Campaigns from 1649-1650. His prowess as a military leader is all the more impressive due to the fact that he was not trained in military tactics at all whatsoever. Although his family is seen as part of the landed gentry, they were not remarkably well-to-do and education-wise, compared to his contemporaries, Cromwell left Sidney-Sussex College in Cambridge without a degree. It is his connection with the Puritans through the network of Oliver St. John that brought him to the attention of the earls of Warwick & Holland that slowly but surely gained him supporters and the foothold to recognition politically. His association with them also contributed to his 'spiritual awakening', whereby he displayed that sense of hatred of all 'Catholic Beliefs & Ceremonies' & the admonition that he sees it his mission to relieve 'England of Sin'; these contributed to the manner by which he conducted ...
The essay-solution comprehensively tackles the life and work of Oliver Cromwell based on key published work about him, including the essay by Peter Gaunt.