[PDF] Cromwell Author Antonia Fraser


Provoked Wolf Seraphine Thomas Book 11 rVision of Cromwell toestore his legacy with has never been great outside of the late 19th century It eally comes off as a whitewash of Cromwell by the end of the book The author succeeds in in at least puncturing the truly scurrilous and untrue statements about Cromwell but I unless you have great patience And Time There Are Probably time There are probably balanced biographies of Cromwell out there I wanted to like this book I eally didI don t think the problem here is so much Fraser her writing and scholarship are as always impeccableI think the don t think the problem here is so much Fraser her writing and scholarship are as always impeccableI think the is that Cromwell himself was just Strategic Corporate Communications really boring You d think a man who cut off a king s head would have personality but in this case you would turn out to be wrong At 706 pages this book is in dire need of a good editor Whenever the situation went in Olivar Cromwell s favor it was due to his brillance vision and tenacity But if it didn t it was the fault of incompetent Army leadersecalitant Parliament or those who just didn t see the Glorious VisionI hung in with this book only because about the time I was eady to uit an interesting tidbit would appear There are balanced biographies of Oliver Cromwell available Read those instead Cromwell has been accused of being a tyrant Oliver Cromwell available Read those instead Cromwell has been accused of being a tyrant murderer a guy with a otten temper and just about every other negative name I can think of This book provide fresh in depth insight into the character of this man and provides a proper historical viewpoint of the times that he lived in Cromwell was not misguided or a monster In a sense he saved England from a tyrannical monarch who threatened to destroy the protestant Mosquito Empires reformation He also provided the first and last true constitution England had ever had He stood as an impenetrable wall against the Roman Catholic power and a symbol of hope to those who loved freedomThis book is uite lengthy Only those who areeally interested in Cromwell or just love Blood Bath Maurin Kincaide 4 reading in general will take the tim. Les II at Worcester ending the civil war in 1651 Fraser shows how England's prestige and prosperity grew under Cromwelleversing the decline it had suffered since ueen Elizabeth I's deat. ,


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The best biography of my hero There s a statue of him outside Westminster We had our chance to become a epublic and we blew it The French did much better I mention whenever I have the opportunity that the best thing to put on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Suare is a guillotine Whew what a slog A mountain of facts largely lacking synthesis and analysis It needed to be cut by a third as it was it was difficult to see the forest for the trees The problems were compounded by Fraser s weird fangirlish sensibility where Old Noll was a brilliant soldier and administrator and a kindly fellow to boot apparently Well except in egard to those pesky Irish where his attitude tended toward the genocidal end of the spectrum Even Fraser couldn t put much of a gloss on thatFor all that a lot of information and I ve etained a sufficiency so mission accomplished I suppose But if I had to do it again I d pick a different biography Until looking Fraser up on Wikipedia I had no idea that she was so famous not only as an amateur historian but also as a writer of mystery stories Having previously ead her earlier biography on only as an amateur historian but also as a writer of mystery stories Having previously ead her earlier biography on Stuart and learning that she is not only an aristocrat but Catholic I am impressed at how sympathetic her portrayal of that arch protestant Oliver Cromwell is Perhaps her father s Labour connections figure in this Further given that while she holds I was than a bit disappointed by this book I m afraid And it s a shame because I d been dying to learn about Oliver Cromwell and a several afraid And it s a shame because I d been dying to learn about Oliver Cromwell and a several page tome of lightly written history seemed like just the thing for a person like me who wants to feel like he s learned a lot without ahem plowing through a lot of hard to Packing Double Bedlam Butchers 2 read academic papersLet s start with the positive Ieally did learn a lot Cromwell was a lot better off financially than I would have expected it wasn t obvious early on that he d become the Lord Protector the English Civil War was In Cromwell award winning biographer Antonia Fraser tells of one of England's most celebrated and controversial figures often misunderstood and demonized as a puritanical zealot Oliver Cr. CromwellLot protracted confused and multi staged than I imagined and there were a lot of different groups vying for powerPart of the problem I had was the sneaking suspicion that Ms Fraser fell in love with the subject of her esearch Cromwell comes across as a driven yet pure hearted man barely able to keep himself afloat among these competing interests and a loyal subject who would have saved the king if it was at all possible She admits that a lot isn t known about his thoughts and motivations but seems to paint in a lot of details where there doesn t seem to be much easonThe main problem I had though was the prose style Now this could be because I m an American I ll be the first to admit that there are a lot of differences between American English and its myriad dialects and British English and its myriad dialects BUT I ACTUALLY ENJOY MOST BRITISH WRITING THAT I I actually enjoy most British writing that I encountered and this just seemed differentThe sentences wander all over the page Subordinate clauses are used with wild abandon and the use of commas is almost criminal You can each the end of a sentence and find yourself backtracking to the beginning to try to understand what it was about in the first place Or you may simply sit there with your eyes glazing over struggling to care and being unableI made it as far as the execution of the king then set the book aside I ll have to learn my history somewhere else I took up this biography to learn about Oliver Cromwell and what I had always thought of as the Puritan evolution The Puritans "were a group with considerable influence after all in the settleme Turgid telling "a group with considerable influence after all in the settleme Turgid telling what should have been an exciting story Not that great Mostly it s just too long It s as if the author had to write several pages about everything she ever learned about Cromwell It got old fast Lots of pointless period details and epetition This book would have been much better at half the length The point seems to be a Ikes Mystery Man re. Omwellose from humble beginnings to spearhead the ebellion against King Charles I who was beheaded in 1649 and led his soldiers into the last battle against the Royalists and King Char.

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