Cromwell the Man
Cromwell is famous for many reasons – as a soldier, politician and head of state. He was also a devoted family man with a deep faith and occasional battles with ill health. He played a role in the development of Parliamentary supremacy, helped establish the British army and enhance the navy, and introduced greater freedom of religion than had been seen before. By his death in 1658 England had been re-established as a major European power. Aspects of his career are controversial, such as his campaign in Ireland and his alleged iconoclasm in churches; others have become popular myths, for example that he was responsible for banning Christmas. Cromwell’s accomplishments and controversies resonate still today. The issues that he and his contemporaries wrestled with about the nature of freedom, faith and democracy are still ones that we recognise in the 21st century. Follow the links to find out more about Cromwell’s story. We also recommend looking at the Cromwell Association’s website for more in-depth information and resources on Cromwell.