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Cromwell   By: (1564-1616)

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Cromwell by an Unknown Author presents a riveting tale set in the tumultuous era of the English Civil War. Although the author's identity remains a mystery, they skillfully capture the essence of this pivotal historical figure and deliver a unique perspective on a significant period in English history.

The book delves into the life and exploits of Oliver Cromwell, a man who played a decisive role in shaping England's fate. From his early days as a farmer to his meteoric rise in the military, Cromwell's journey is vividly portrayed, drawing the reader into the complexity of his character. The author explores his motivations, strengths, and weaknesses, giving a nuanced view of Cromwell that goes beyond the typical glorified or vilified portrayals.

One of the book's strengths lies in its meticulous attention to detail, which adds authenticity and depth to the storyline. Through rich descriptions, the author transports us to the chaotic battlefields and the opulent halls of power, capturing the essence of seventeenth-century England. Whether it's recreating historical events or depicting the everyday life of the common people, the author paints a vivid picture that immerses readers in the era.

Another notable aspect of Cromwell is its exploration of the political and religious turmoil of the time. The author skillfully navigates the complex web of alliances, rivalries, and conflicting religious beliefs, revealing the precarious balance of power during this period. The book sheds light on the ideological clashes and the profound effects they had on Cromwell's decision-making and overall legacy.

Although the author remains anonymous, their prose is consistently engaging and compelling. The narrative flows smoothly, making it easy to become engrossed in the story. While some readers may yearn for more in-depth analysis or a broader contextual framework, the historical accuracy and the author's attention to Cromwell's personal journey ultimately compensate for any minor shortcomings.

However, it is worth noting that the book assumes some prior knowledge of the English Civil War and its key players. While this may not be an issue for readers familiar with the period, those new to this historical era may struggle to fully grasp the intricacies of the conflicts and the significance of certain events.

Despite this, Cromwell by an Unknown Author remains a captivating read for history enthusiasts, offering a fresh take on Oliver Cromwell and the turbulent times in which he lived. The author's expert storytelling and undeniable talent for bringing historical figures to life make this book an enjoyable and informative journey through one of England's most challenging periods.

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The Life and Death of The Lord Cromwell, attributed in part to William Shakespeare.


OLD CROMWELL, a Black smith at Putney. Young THOMAS CROMWELL his son. HODGE, WILL, and TOM, old Cromwell's servants. Earl of BEDFORD and his Host. Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. Sir CHRISTOPHER HALES. Cardinal WOLSEY. Sir THOMAS MOOR. GARDINER Bishop of Winchester. Sir RALPH SADLER. M. BOUSER a Merchant. BANISTER, a broken Merchant and his wife. BAGOT, a cruel covetous Broker. FRISKIBALL a Florentine Merchant. The Governours of the ENGLISH house at ANTWERP. States and Officers of BONONIA. Good man SEELY and his wife JOAN. CHORUS. A POST. MESSENGERS. USHERS and SERVANTS. LIEUTENANT OF THE TOWER. TWO CITIZENS. TWO MERCHANTS.

ACT I. SCENE I. Putney. The entrance of a smith's shop.

[Enter three Smiths, Hodge and two other, old Cromwell's men.]

HODGE. Come, masters, I think it be past five a clock; is it not time we were at work: my old Master he'll be stirring anon.

FIRST SMITH. I cannot tell whether my old master will be stirring or no: but I am sure I can hardly take my afternoon's nap, for my young Master Thomas, he keeps such a quile in his study, with the Sun, and the Moon, and the seven stars, that I do verily think he'll read out his wife.

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