‘Oliver Cromwell: Saint or Serpent?’: a talk by Ronald Hutton

24-11-21 - 24-11-21,
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Admission: ££5 Adults, £4 Students/Friends of the Museum

Location: Via Zoom

Cromwell, the only commoner to become head of a British state, has long produced divisions between those who view him as one of the greatest of Britons and those who see him as a usurper, tyrant and fanatic. This lecture is designed to show why he is such a complex figure and to provide its own assessment of his character.

Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. He is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs, as well as the leading historian of the ritual year in Britain and of modern paganism. The first volume of his new two-part biography of Cromwell, 'The Making of Oliver Cromwell' is due out in August 2021.

This is part of a four part lecture series on the Civil War period. Discounted combined tickets for all four talks can be purchased at: the Cromwell Lecture Series (click on this title for the link).

The other talks are:

Wednesday 3 November at 7.30pm - Professor Alan Marshall on ‘Intelligence, Espionage and Cromwell’s Protectorate’

Wednesday 10 November at 7.30pm - Dr Rebecca Warren on ‘God’s Architect: Cromwell’s construction of a Godly Church’

Wednesday 17 November at 7.30pm - Dr Linda Porter on ‘The Tenderest Sight: Cromwell & Charles I’s children’

PLEASE NOTE: This talk will be held online via Zoom. Joining details will be sent out 48 hours before the talk. The talks are recorded and will be available on a private channel for ticket holders to view afterwards if they miss the 'live' talk or wish to watch it again.

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